State of Emergency extended to May 13th
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, and House Speaker David Ralston have announced they will extend Georgia’s public health state of emergency amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Kemp had previously declared the unprecedented public health state of emergency on March 14. At the time, Georgia had 66 cases of COVID-19. As of Tuesday night, the state now has over 9,000 cases.
The current state of emergency was set to expire on April 13, but Kemp, Duncan, and Ralston agreed that it needed to be renewed through May 13.
“To ensure the health and well-being of Georgians, I will extend the public health state of emergency through May 13, 2020. This measure will allow us to continue to deploy resources to communities in need, lend support to frontline medical providers, and keep preparing as we brace for potential patient surge in our healthcare facilities,” Kemp said. “We deeply appreciate the hard work of Georgians who are sheltering in place, using social distancing, and helping us flatten the curve. We are in this fight together,”
“We must continue our aggressive fight against COVID-19,” Duncan said. “By extending the public health state of emergency, we can ensure Georgians have access to every available state resource during this crisis.”
The order temporarily gives the governor and state health officials more leeway to suspend some laws and regulations and institute others to combat the virus. The Shelter-In-Place order has not been extended at this time. We await the briefing to tell us more.