Governor Brian Kemp extended the Public Health State of Emergency on Monday with the signing of two new executive orders were signed.
The state of emergency imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been extended through Aug. 11 at 11:59 p.m. The order had previously been set to expire on July 12.
The state of emergency had first been introduced on March 14 by the governor and it has already been extended three times previously.
The governor also extended safety guidelines that were to have expired today, June 30.
The Public Health State of Emergency allows for what Kemp said was enhanced coordination across government and the private sector for supply procurement, comprehensive testing, and healthcare capacity.
A press release from the Governor’s Office cited the increase in new cases as reasons for extending COVID-19 safety requirements and guidelines.
In Carroll County over the last three weeks cases have been increasing. In just one month there has been an increase of 100 positive cases. At Tanner Health System, hospitalizations were also on the rise.
As of Monday, there were 678 confirmed cases and 115 hospitalizations in Carroll County. There have been 39 residents who have died due to COVID-19.
“Dr. Kathleen Toomey and the Department of Public Health, along with our local public health partners, will continue to monitor ongoing cases and related data to ensure that we are taking appropriate measures moving forward. Together, we can win the fight against COVID-19 and emerge stronger,” said Kemp.
The second executive order continues to require social distancing and bans gatherings of more than 50 people, unless there is six feet between each person. It also outlines mandatory criteria for businesses and requires sheltering in place for those living in long-term care facilities and the medically fragile.
The second order also says that the State Board of Education must provide “rules, regulations, and guidance for the operation of public elementary and secondary schools for local boards of education.”
This order will run through July 15 at 11:59 p.m.
“As we continue our fight against COVID-19 in Georgia, it is vital that Georgians continue to heed public health guidance by wearing a mask, washing their hands regularly, and practicing social distancing,” said Kemp. “We have made decisions throughout the pandemic to protect the lives — and livelihoods — of all Georgians by relying on data and the advice of public health officials.”