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Gov. Kemp on First Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Georgia

Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File

Georgia’s first coronavirus cases have been confirmed. Governor Brian Kemp held a news conference late Monday evening. The cases involve two people in the same Atlanta area household. Authorities say a man who traveled to Italy reported having symptoms. Dr. Kathleen Toomey is the chair of Georgia’s recently-formed Coronavirus Task Force.

“I wanted to say that everything about this situation demonstrates how well the system is working,” According to Toomey. “This individual traveled to Italy, recognized that there was a potential risk for themselves and their household members, contacted the physician ahead of time so that they would not put any of the other patients at risk in the practice.”

Toomey says the cases are a result of travel and there is no local transmission happening.

Those individuals are currently under home isolation. Governor Brian Kemp says they have contained the cases.

“We feel confident that our preparations have enable us to manage these cases appropriately and minimize any risk moving forward.”

Authorities are still searching for anyone the traveler made have had contact with. The said the man had no symptoms on the plane when traveling home from Italy and officials do not believe he was contagious at the time. Neither of the infected people had required hospitalization. Home isolation includes daily phone contact with doctors, check temperature regularly, will be tested before heading back out into public.

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