Watch: Kemp delivers coronavirus update in Georgia
There are now six confirmed cases in Georgia of COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus, and six “presumptive positive” cases that are still pending more testing from CDC, the governor’s office said late Monday.
“If you’re sick, do not go to work. Do not attend large events. You will put others at risk,” said Kemp, who said he wasn’t ready yet to urge the cancellation of large gatherings.
The governor also urged school officials to contact state authorities before canceling classes, as Fulton County administrators did this week before it shuttered schools for Tuesday.
State Superintendent Richard Woods said such a move is not recommended for any other school district.
Kemp's announcement came on the same day the state leaders unveiled a series of decisions on Monday to address the spread of the illness, which has infected more than 400 people across the nation in 34 states and is linked to 19 deaths.
Health officials are preparing a part of Hard Labor Creek State Park to isolate and monitor patients exposed to the virus. And Insurance Commissioner John King pressured insurance firms to waive cost-sharing charges for testing for COVID-19.
The developments came a day after Kemp announced that 34 Georgians and other passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship will be transported to Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta for testing and quarantining for possible exposure to the virus.