Georgia Aims to Ease Virus Spread Among Hispanic Residents

May 15, 2020

Community leaders say an effort to tamp down the spread of COVID-19 is succeeding in northeast Georgia. Gov. Brian Kemp visited Gainesville Friday to highlight the effort. Norma Hernandez of the Northeast Georgia Latino Chamber of Commerce says that over the past two weeks, community leaders have worked to present a message from people that Spanish speakers will trust.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, center, receives information about a community COVID-19 testing site from Public Health District 2 Director, Dr. Pamela Logan , right, in the parking lot of La Flor de Jalisco #2 in Gainesville, Ga., Friday, May 15, 2020.
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The virus had threatened to overwhelm local nurses and take down the nation’s largest concentration of chicken processing plants. Kemp’s visit came as Georgia neared 37,000 overall infections and more than 1,550 deaths. The state has surpassed 300,000 tests.