Atlanta, GA – Today Governor Brian P. Kemp, Congressman Sanford Bishop, State Senator Freddie Powell Sims (D - Dawson), State Representative Gerald Greene (R - Cuthbert), State Representative CaMia Hopson (D - Albany), State Representative Winfred Dukes (D - Albany), Dougherty County Commission Chairman Chris Cohilas, and Albany Mayor Bo Dorough issued the following joint statement on best practices for COVID-19 prevention:

"As we continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, it is essential for Georgians to continue to observe the best practices prescribed by the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least twenty seconds, practice social distancing, and stay home, especially if you are not feeling well.

"According to federal guidance, social distancing means postponing group congregations and large social gatherings like sporting events, church services, funeral services, and other social functions. If possible, avoid gatherings with more than ten people for the next eight weeks. Choosing to stay home and following this advice can significantly limit the spread of the virus and help us as we try to flatten the curve.

"If you are experiencing any symptoms, please stay home and contact your medical provider. If you continue to go to work, school, or other gatherings - even if you are not experiencing symptoms - you may be putting others at risk. Elderly citizens and those with chronic, underlying health conditions face a serious threat to their health, and we must do everything in our power to reduce risk and limit the spread of the virus.

"If you need further guidance, your local, state, and federal officials are here to serve you. Contact your local public health office or consult official sources like the CDC or DPH for help with decision-making.

"In the days and weeks ahead, we each have a responsibility to each other to implement social distancing, use best practices, be mindful of potential exposure, and pray for our fellow Georgians. We are in this fight together."

Contact Director of Communications & Chief Deputy Executive Counsel

Candice Broce

Contact Press Secretary

Cody Hall