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Gov. Kemp Provides COVID-19 Update

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Governor Brian Kemp provided a COVID-19 update for the state late Thursday. Kemp discussed Georgia’s recent decrease in cases.

“Over the last few weeks we’ve seen a significant decline in cases, hospitalizations and percent positive tests,” according to Kemp. “Cases have dropped 32% over the last 14 days, including a 30% decrease in cases among Georgians from 5 to 17 years old. Hospitalizations have dropped by a third over the last seven days and PCR positive cases have decreased by 16% over the last week as well.”

Kemp said 53% of the state’s residents over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated and 64%  have had at least one dose. The governor also thanked Georgia workers who took September 23rd off to get vaccinated. The 20,000 who received inoculations was the highest total for the month.

While the governor continued to urge residents to get vaccinated, he did say he would fight any federal mandates that would affect private businesses.

“Well we’re certainly working with the Attorney General’s office and general Carr on that issue along with a lot of other states and a lot of other attorney generals. I think you’re going to see a multitude of lawsuits. We’re learning now that in the $3.5 trillion spending bill that they have that the fines are going to start at 70,000 [dollars] and go up to 700,000.”

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