Kemp expands Georgia’s coronavirus task force as pandemic spreads

February 28, 2020 - Atlanta - Governor Brian Kemp addressed the newly formed Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force. State School Superintendent Richard Woods is seated second from left. Bob Andres / robert.andres@ajc.com
February 28, 2020 - Atlanta - Governor Brian Kemp addressed the newly formed Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force. State School Superintendent Richard Woods is seated second from left. Bob Andres / robert.andres@ajc.com

Gov. Brian Kemp has vastly expanded the state’s coronavirus task force as Georgia grapples with a growing pandemic that has sickened hundreds and killed at least 14 residents.

Initially created in February before Georgia had a single confirmed case of the illness, the task force's panels are now focused on addressing the disease's impact on the economy, healthcare network, emergency preparedness and the needy.

The 18-person task force has swelled to 66 members, including elected officials, statewide officers, physicians, nonprofit heads and executives plucked from some of Georgia's most prominent businesses.

The economic development task force includes state economist Jeffrey Dorfman, Delta Air Lines executive Peter Carter and Nick Ayers, a political consultant and former top aide to Vice President Mike Pence.

State Sen. Ben Watson chairs the primary care provider committee, which is composed of a dozen physicians, nurses and administrators. Among them is state Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, an orthopedic surgeon who revealed Friday she tested positive for the disease.

The emergency preparedness committee is chaired by Insurance Commissioner John King. He’s joined by several Kemp administration officials, industry association executives and Adjutant General Thomas Carden of the Georgia National Guard.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms heads the panel charged with addressing how the homeless and displaced cope with the disease, and several nonprofit chiefs and healthcare officials are also on the committee.

It’s also the only committee that’s stocked with Democratic elected officials. Aside from Bottoms, state Sen. Gloria Butler and state Rep. Spencer Frye are on the panel.

The full list of each committee can be found below:

Economic Impact Committee

Jeffrey Dorfman, State Fiscal Economist<br/> Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black<br/> Allan Adams, University of Georgia Small Business Development Center<br/> Nick Ayers, AFH Capital<br/> Will Bentley, Georgia Agribusiness Council<br/> Donna Bowman, Office of the State Treasurer<br/> Richard McPhail, Home Depot<br/> Peter Carter, Delta Air Lines<br/> Thomas Cunningham, Metro Atlanta Chamber<br/> Walter Kemmsies, Georgia Ports Authority<br/> Steve McCoy, Office of the State Treasurer<br/> Alfie Meek, Georgia Tech Center for Economic Development Research<br/> Jessica Simmons, Georgia Department of Revenue<br/> Jim Sprouse, Georgia Hotel and Lodging Association<br/> Joe Rogers III, Waffle House<br/> Bill Douglas, Synovus<br/> Will Wade, Georgia Student Finance Commission<br/> State Senator Frank Ginn<br/> State Representative Clay Pirkle<br/> Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler

Primary Care Provider Committee

State Senator Ben Watson, MD - Chair<br/> State Representative Mark Newton, MD<br/> State Senator Kay Kirkpatrick, MD<br/> Andrew Reisman, MD - Family Medicine<br/> Waldon Garriss, MD - Advanced Clinical Practice<br/> Jacqueline Fincher, MD - Advanced Clinical Practice<br/> Al Scott, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology<br/> Terri McFadden, MD - Pediatrics<br/> Johnny Sy, DO - Emergency Medicine<br/> Jeff Stone, MD - Family Medicine<br/> Jennifer Pipkin, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist<br/> Anna Adams, Vice President of Government Relations, Georgia Hospital Association

Emergency Preparedness Committee

General John King, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner - Chair<br/> Tom Price, MD, former Secretary of U.S. Health and Human Services<br/> Kathy Kuzava, Georgia Food Industry Association<br/> Thomas Beusse, Georgia Retailers Association<br/> Anna Adams, Georgia Hospital Association<br/> Adjutant General Thomas Carden, Georgia National Guard<br/> Kelly Farr, Governor's Office of Planning and Budget<br/> Homer Bryson, Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency<br/> Colonel Gary Vowell, Georgia Department of Public Safety<br/> John Haupert, Grady Health<br/> Angela Holland, Georgia Association of Convenience Stores<br/> Ed Crowell, Georgia Motor Trucks Association<br/> Jannine Miller, Governor's Logistics Advisor

Committee for the Homeless and Displaced

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms - Chair<br/> Chris Rustin, DrPH, MS, REHS, Georgia Department of Public Health<br/> Christopher Nunn, Georgia Department of Community Affairs<br/> Monica Johnson, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities<br/> John Haupert, Grady Health<br/> State Representative Sharon Cooper<br/> Dr. Elizabeth Ford, Fulton and DeKalb Boards of Health<br/> Nick Buford, Governor's Office<br/> Milton Little, United Way of Greater Atlanta<br/> Tom Andrews, Mercy Care<br/> Jack Hardin, Regional Commission on Homelessness<br/> Sapna Bamrah-Morris, MD, U.S. Public Health Service<br/> Dave Whisnant, Georgia Law Center for the Homeless<br/> Cathryn Marchman, Partners for HOME<br/> Melvia Richards, DeKalb County<br/> Dawn Butler, Fulton County Homeless Continuum of Care<br/> Cindy Kelley, Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless<br/> Christie Clarington, Macon Bibb Economic Opportunity Council<br/> Pat Frey, United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley<br/> State Representative Spencer Frye<br/> State Senator Gloria Butler

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