Gov. Brian Kemp orders statewide shelter-in-place. What he said at Wednesday afternoon’s briefing:
“Tomorrow, I will sign a statewide shelter in place order, which will go into effect on Friday and run through April 13, 2020, in line with our public health emergency order. Dr. Toomey and I are finalizing the order to make sure it keeps our citizens – in every zip code – safe and healthy. We are taking action to protect our hospitals, help our medical providers, and prepare for patient surge. This action will ensure uniformity among jurisdictions for Georgians sheltering in place and help families and businesses comply with its provisions. We will publish the order tomorrow and issue detailed guidance so Georgians can get prepared. We will continue to monitor the data and make adjustments as needed, keeping members of the public informed every step of the way.”
Kemp also ordered schools closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Distance learning and provided meals will continue.
Rome to consider extending its shelter-in-plance ordinance which ends Tuesday night: Rome City commissioners — several of whom have been pushing for more meetings about the pandemic — will discuss extending the city’s shelter-in-place/social distancing guidelines at Monday afternoon’s meeting. An agenda has not yet been published. The meeting likely will be on Zoom again. The Rome ordinance
LATEST GEORGIA REPORTS: As of 7 tonight.
- Statewide deaths: 154 (was 139 at last report).
- Statewide positive results: 4,748 (was 4,638 at last report). 23.3% of 20,328 people tested.
- Hospitalized: 1,013 (was 952 at last report)
- Northwest Georgia: 254 people (was 241 at last report).
Latest confirmed cases.
- Floyd: 70. Previous: 60.
- Bartow: 147. Previous: 144.
- Gordon: 18. Previous: 18.
- Polk: 16. Previous: 16.
- Chattooga: 3. Previous: 3.
State totals show:
- 35% of those testing positive are 60 and older. 58% testing positive are ages 18-59.
- 51% of the patients are female, 46% male.
- The victims’ ages range from 29 to 95 years old. Median age: 69.
- Fatality statistics (noon report): 60 male, 48 female.
Seven Northwest Georgians now dead from coronavirus: A new part of the state Department of Public Health’s twice-daily report shows:
- 4 Bartow County residents have died. All were males, ages 69 to 90, and all had underlying health problems.
- 2 Floyd County residents have died, a 65-year-old woman and a 75-year-old man; both had previous health issues.
- 1 Gordon County man, 78, who had underlying health issues.
- At least five of these victims were at The Church at Liberty Square for the March 1 farewell concert and service for a choir director who was being replaced.
- The report lists the residence of the victim, not where he or she died. Local patients have been treated at hospitals in Floyd, Bartow, Gordon, Canton and Marietta.
Redmond Regional Medical Center (Wednesday night)
- 5 patients with confirmed cases.
- 14 patients pending test results per Tim Herrington, Floyd County Emergency Management director.
Floyd Medical Center: (Wednesday night)
- 7 patients with confirmed cases.
- 21 others await test results.
- 10 who tested negative, per Tim Herrington, Floyd County Emergency Management director.
Cartersville Medical Center: (Tuesday evening)
- 8 patients with confirmed cases who remain as patients.
- 31 patients currently in house who are pending test results.
AdventHealth Gordon (midday Tuesday)
- 6 patients with confirmed cases.
- 36 negative results
- 20 pending results.
NATIONAL/WORLD UPDATE, 7:45 p.m. Wednesday.
- United States: 214,506 cases (most in the world) with 5,094 deaths and 8,878 recovered. Click for state-by-state breakdown.
- Source: Worldometers.