Governor Brian Kemp today announced Georgia has tested 59.7% of all nursing home residents, in addition to reporting a new low in COVID-19 positive patients currently hospitalized.
There are 887 Georgians currently hospitalized with COVID-19. Georgia has seen a 40% drop in hospitalizations since May 1.
“One of the key battlefields in our fight against COVID-19 is Georgia’s nursing homes, and we are laser-focused on providing the necessary protective equipment and testing to keep our most vulnerable citizens safe,” said Governor Kemp. “We also continue to see encouraging COVID-19 hospitalization data from Georgia’s hospitals. I deeply appreciate their commitment to caring for Georgians fighting this virus, and I look forward to continuing our partnership to provide treatment to these patients.”
The governor continues to encourage Georgians to resume their normal medical routines. Hospitals are again open and offering elective procedures and routine appointments. During a briefing at the State Capitol, Thursday Kemp expressed concern over the continued lack of patients visiting medical, dental, and vision practices. A number of health systems are still furloughing employees due to a lack of work. Kemps says, “We strongly encourage everyone to get important check-ups on their calendar.”