In neighboring Cherokee County, 12 students and two staff from a dozen schools tested positive for the virus during their first week back to school. The Cherokee County School System reported that more than 250 potentially exposed students were sent home to quarantine for two weeks.
Cherokee County also gained attention because of the photos online. Dozens of students from two of his high schools gathered to take photos of the first day of school. None wore masks.
Hospitalizations in Georgia for COVID-19 are on the decline, and “we’re seeing the curve flatten on new cases,” Kemp said at the press conference. He also announced that a new test site had recently opened near the Atlanta airport.
“As I said before, we have come a long way, but we are not out of the woods yet and we cannot let go of the gas,” he added.
Kemp and US surgeon general Jerome Adams both said Georgians could expect to see more cases reported as schools and businesses reopen.
“I want the Georgian people to know that we don’t have to wait for a vaccine, we don’t have to hide until we get a miracle cure,” Adams said.