Kemp Renews Public Health State of Emergency

Amanda Cooper
May 28, 2020 - 4:09 pm

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced the renewal Public Health State of Emergency for a third time through 11:59 PM on July 12, 2020. Kemp says this declaration plays a critically important role in our battle against COVID-19. He also says that it allows for enhanced partnerships between the private and public sectors for our healthcare infrastructure, procurement of supplies, and coordination across all government levels. 

Also, Kemp announced that he signed a new executive order that also extends the shelter in place order for Georgians who are sixty-five and older or medically fragile through June 12, 2020. 

During the state update, Kemp announced that due to “favorable data” and advice from Dr. Kathleen Toomey, The State Public Health Commissioner, starting June 1, 2020, the state feels comfortable incrementally increasing the number of people gathering in a single location from ten to twenty-five. As a result,  starting May 31, 2020, overnight summer camps are permitted in Georgia if they meet thirty-three specific criteria for reopening and the requirements for operating a non-critical infrastructure business. In addition, bars and nightclubs can reopen June 1, 2020, if they comply with strict sanitation and social distancing rules. 

Also, beginning June 1, professional sports and amateur teams and organizations which engage in practices or other in-person operations must operate by the rules or guidelines of their respective sports league. Amusement parks, traveling carnivals, water parks, circuses, and other temporary amusement rides can reopen from beginning June 12, 2020; however, they must comply with thirty-three mandatory requirements and all requirements for non-critical infrastructure businesses.

Kemp’s focus on getting the state’s economy reopened has not kept his eyes off assisted living facilities, which accounts for forty-eight percent of all COVID-19 deaths in Georgia. He says, “This is a top priority for us as we work around the clock to protect our most vulnerable, and we will continue to do everything in our power to keep these Georgians safe.” 
This week, many also learned that the Department of Public Health distributed over 18,000 vials of remdesivir to eighty-five hospitals across the state. Kemp says, “This shipment will enable these facilities to treat roughly 1,670 patients.” He also thanked the President and the Vice President and the rest of the administration for their continued support.

He ended encouraging Georgians to continue to follow CDC guidelines, which include using social distancing and washing your hands.  He also stressed that it is crucial that all Georgians prioritize their health and not to hold off on necessary medical appointments, as this would help healthcare workers get back to work.