An image of the quarantine space under construction in Monroe County.

Georgia preps new ‘quarantine space’ for coronavirus patients

State officials are building a “quarantine space” in a middle Georgia county that will house residents sickened by the disease caused by coronavirus who have nowhere to go to isolate themselves. 

Gov. Brian Kemp’s office said Friday the facility is under construction at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Monroe County, and that it will accommodate 20 temporary housing units when it’s complete. No patients are yet located there.

The state previously prepared a section of Hard Labor Creek State Park in Morgan County for isolating and monitoring patients who were exposed to COVID-19.

One patient, a military veteran who worked at Waffle House, was isolated at that facility this week. 

The patient, Joey Camp, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he volunteered to be isolated because he lives with a friend who has an infant son. He said he lived in a remote section of the sprawling park and is taking antibiotics and watching movies on his smartphone.

At least 42 Georgians have been sickened by the disease, state health officials said Friday, and one resident has died. That patient, a 67-year-old hospitalized in Cobb County, was diagnosed with the illness over the weekend.

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.