Atlanta, GA – In a press conference Monday night, Georgia Gov. Brian P. Kemp announced two confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Georgia, both in Fulton County.
Kemp reported that the Department of Public Health is working to identify any contacts who may have been exposed while the individuals were infectious. People who are identified as having been exposed will be contacted directly by a DPH epidemiologist and monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.
The two people reportedly live together and one recently returned from Italy. This announcement comes on the heels of Kemp’s earlier announcement Monday of the formation of a task force to assess Georgia’s preparations and procedures for preventing, identifying, and – if needed, At that time he said there were no confirmed cases in Georgia. In addressing cases of COVID-19, Kemp made this announcement following a morning call with Vice President Mike Pence about the Trump Administration’s efforts to facilitate interagency cooperation and proactive measures to mitigate COVID-19’s impact.
“The Trump Administration understands that states and local governments are standing on the front lines of COVID-19, working tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of Americans. The President wisely selected Vice President Pence – a former governor with expertise in emergency preparedness – to coordinate this national effort, and I deeply appreciate the Vice President’s offers of assistance should the need arise in Georgia,” said Governor Kemp. “In accordance with the Administration’s initiatives, Georgia’s coronavirus task force represents a coalition of subject-matter experts from the private and public sectors who will work together on preventative measures, strategic deployment of resources, and collaboration across all levels of government.”
“Fortunately, the Peach State boasts some of the world’s most advanced healthcare experts and institutions, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey, MD, MPH said in a press release. “We are taking action now – ahead of any confirmed cases – to make sure that we are ready for any scenario.”
The confirmation of the first two cases came just a few hours later.