Atlanta, GA – On February 28th, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced a coronavirus task force to assess Georgia's preparations and procedures for preventing, identifying, and - if needed - addressing cases of COVID-19. Governor Kemp made this announcement following a morning call with Vice President Mike Pence about the Trump Administration's efforts to facilitate interagency cooperation and proactive measures to mitigate COVID-19's impact.
"The Trump Administration understands that states and local governments are standing on the front lines of COVID-19, working tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of Americans. The President wisely selected Vice President Pence - a former governor with expertise in emergency preparedness - to coordinate this national effort, and I deeply appreciate the Vice President's offers of assistance should the need arise in Georgia," said Governor Kemp. "In accordance with the Administration's initiatives, Georgia's coronavirus task force represents a coalition of subject-matter experts from the private and public sectors who will work together on preventative measures, strategic deployment of resources, and collaboration across all levels of government."
"At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Georgia, but we remain vigilant and continue to plan for all contingencies. Fortunately, the Peach State boasts some of the world's most advanced healthcare experts and institutions, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," said Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey, MD, MPH. "We are taking action now - ahead of any confirmed cases - to make sure that we are ready for any scenario."