Governor Brian Kemp announced Sunday that President Donald Trump has declared all 159 counties in Georgia major disaster areas due to the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic. With 2,651 active cases of COVID-19 and 80 deaths, Georgia is No. 11 in the nation for active cases and No. 7 for the number of deaths as a result of the virus.
“Georgia is grateful for this designation, as it will enable the state to continue partnering with federal agencies in a coordinated fight against this pandemic,” Kemp said in a press release. “The presidential declaration is a critical step in providing additional assistance to our state and local governments as they continue to respond to COVID-19.”
This declaration allows federal agencies to provide direct assistance to the state of Georgia. It covers Emergency Protective Measures, which are those actions taken to eliminate or lessen immediate threats to lives, public health, or safety.