COVID-19: Georgia Rep. Tom Kirby to self-quarantine after contact at the Capitol

Georgia Rep. Tom Kirby (R-Loganville) announced that he will enter self-quarantine and work from home until March 30 after being notified that a Georgia Senator had tested positive for COVID-19. Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) announced Wednesday that he had tested positive for the Coronavirus. Kirby released the following statement;

On March 18th I, along with all members of the Georgia House of Representatives, received an email from Speaker Ralston. His email informed us, that one of our Senators had tested positive for coronavirus. The Senator was experiencing symptoms the week of March 9th, was tested on Saturday March 14th and was present at the Capitol The week of the 9th and on March 16th for the special session. The speaker and other leaders have met with the Director of Public Health Dr. Kathleen Toomey and it is recommended that we self-quarantine until March 30th.

As many of you know, March 12th was cross over day, day 28 of this legislative session. As both chambers work non-stop on this last day to pass legislation across to the other chamber, we stayed on the floor until midnight. Cross over day brings so much activity and interaction with so many legislators and others at the Capitol, it would be nearly impossible to track all of the possible contact, either direct or indirectly with anyone who was infected with the virus.

Therefore, I will be following the recommendation to self-quarantine. I will be working from home, as well as taking my temperature at regular intervals. As of noon today March 19th my temperature is normal.

The extra challenge many of us will face is Pine Pollen. My car was covered in the yellow dust yesterday after work and needed to be rinsed off when I got home. Every year the pine pollen affects my respiratory system, causing many of the same symptoms as Covid-19. I have even incurred a mild fever during heavy pollen days. I encourage to be over cautious if you have any symptoms of Covid-19.

We are all in this together, and together we will get through this.

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