March 16, 2020 - Atlanta - Senate members and staff confer before the vote. Georgia lawmakers gathered in an extraordinary special session on Monday and voted to grant Gov. Brian Kemp sweeping new powers to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. It's the first time in state history a governor has declared a public health emergency, and Kemp cast it as essential to deploy all available resources to contain a disease that's sickened dozens of Georgians and has killed one. Bob Andres /
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Georgia representative self-quarantined because of coronavirus

A Georgia state representative is self-quarantined at home after being exposed to someone who tested positive for the coronavirus.

The identity of the representative wasn't immediately disclosed Monday. 

About 40 legislators were absent from a special legislative session Monday to give Gov. Brian Kemp new powers to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, a significantly higher number than normal. 

Kaleb McMichen, a spokesman for House Speaker David Ralston, said the representative voluntarily went into quarantine and didn't attend Monday's session.

The representative is the second Georgia politician who went into self-quarantine after being potentially exposed to someone with the illness.

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, isolated himself last Monday after he was informed he interacted with someone with the disease weeks earlier at a conservative conference. His self-isolation ended Friday.

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