Governor of Georgia and Mayor of Atlanta disagree on guidelines for coronaviruses


Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the move back on Friday, citing an alarming increase in coronavirus cases.

“Georgia has carelessly reopened and the people of our city and our state are suffering the consequences,” said Bottoms, who tested positive for coronavirus.

Phase 1 includes a prescription for residents to stay at home, except for essential travel. The city was in phase 2 of reopening. Earlier this week, the mayor, a Democrat, mandated within the city limits wears a face covering.

Georgia added a record 4,484 new cases of coronavirus reported in one day, the state public health department said on Friday.

But the governor’s office said the mayor’s plan is not “legally enforceable” because Kemp, a Republican, signed an executive order that prohibits local action from being more prohibitive than state requirements.

“Again, if the mayor really wants to flatten the curve in Atlanta, she should start applying state restrictions, which she hasn’t. We ask citizens and businesses to comply with the terms of the governor’s order, which was developed in These common sense measures will help protect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians, “said the office of Kemp in a press release.

One of Atlanta’s guidelines for Phase 1 is that restaurants and retail stores should only have take-out or curbside pickup.

A large convention center will be set up for patients

State officials plan to reactivate an overflow hospital at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta due to a growing trend in cases, said the governor’s office.

This decision comes as the state “is negotiating new solutions to increase its own sample processing capacity, and we will provide more details as these plans are finalized.

The state will use its assets, hospital beds and medical equipment, and “plans to take advantage of a new contract for increased bed capacity with a metropolitan Atlanta hospital,” the office said. from the governor in a press release.

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“In addition to the increase in bed capacity developed internally in hospitals in recent months, this new contract should add nearly 100 surgery and intensive care beds to existing infrastructure, coupled with beds” reserve “To the GWCC in case of additional needs,” said the governor’s office.

The total number of hospitalizations for coronavirus was 12,937 and there were 2,565 admissions to intensive care units, according to the Georgian Department of Public Health.

The state started reopening in late April. The number of cases reported daily began to increase again in early May.


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