Kemp renews COVID-19 safety measures and Public Health State of Emergency

Kemp Renews Public Health State of Emergency, COVID-19 Safety Measures
Atlanta, GA – On Aug. 31, 2020, Gov. Brian P. Kemp signed two executive orders extending the Public Health State of Emergency and existing COVID-19 safety measures. His Executive Order 08.31.20.01 extends the Public Health State of Emergency through 11:59 p.m. on October 10, 2020. This allows for enhanced coordination across government and the private sector for supply procurement, comprehensive testing, and healthcare capacity.

Kemp’s other executive order, 08.31.20.02, runs through 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 15, 2020 and by extending the existing language it continues to require social distancing, bans gatherings of more than 50 people unless there is six feet between each person, outlines mandatory criteria for businesses, and requires sheltering in place for those living in long-term care facilities and the medically fragile.

Read both of the Governor’s executive orders here.

Encouraging Signs

Kemp also noted that currently, COVID-19 hospitalizations in Georgia are at their lowest since July 6. Cases reported yesterday were at their lowest point since June 22. The statewide positivity rate also has declined in the past month, and there is ample testing capacity in every region. As of last Friday, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency had distributed 25.9 million masks, 10.6 million cloth face coverings, 5.2 million surgical gowns, 42 million gloves, and 1.6 million face shields and goggles to local hospitals, schools, and long-term care facilities.

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