Gov. Kemp Updates Georgians on COVID-19 Efforts

Atlanta, GA – On March 19, 2020, Governor Brian P. Kemp gave the following address to Georgians:

Kemp, Bishop, Dougherty Co. Delegation, Cohilas, Dorough Issue Statement on COVID-19

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:

Kemp Issues Two Executive Orders for COVID-19

Atlanta, GA – Today Governor Brian P. Kemp issued Executive Order 03.20.20.01 and Executive Order 03.20.20.02 authorizing a transfer of $19,552,646 from the Governor's Emergency Fund and reducing regulations to assist in the state's response to COVID-19. The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and Georgia Department of Public Health have purchased $19,552,646 in medical supplies and equipment.

Kemp Names Coronavirus Task Force Committees

Atlanta, GA – Today Governor Brian P. Kemp announced the members of the Governor's four Coronavirus Task Force Committees: the Economic Impact Committee, Primary Care Provider Committee, Emergency Preparedness Committee, and Committee for the Homeless and Displaced.

Georgia Receives SBA Statewide Disaster Declaration, Applications for Small Business Emergency Loans Now Open

Atlanta, GA – On March 18, 2020, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Georgia has received an official statewide disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). This declaration will provide assistance in the form of SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to impacted small businesses in all 159 counties in Georgia.

Prioritize COVID-19 Tests for Most Vulnerable, First Responders, Health Workers

Atlanta, GA – After conversations with hospital and healthcare facility officials, and as COVID-19 continues to spread around the globe and throughout communities in Georgia, Governor Brian P. Kemp, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA) issued the following joint statement on March 18th:

DPH Announces Additional Deaths from COVID-19

Atlanta, GA – On March 18th, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) confirmed two additional deaths from COVID-19 in Georgia. The individuals, a 42-year-old woman and a 69-year-old-woman, both died in an Albany hospital. In addition to testing positive for COVID-19, each had existing medical conditions.

Kemp Asks U.S. Small Business Administration for Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Atlanta, GA – On March 17, 2020, Governor Brian P. Kemp submitted a letter to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), requesting SBA Director Kem Fleming to issue a declaration to provide SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to the State of Georgia.

Kemp Signs Amended Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

Atlanta, GA – On March 17, 2020, Governor Brian P. Kemp signed House Bill 792 - Georgia's amended fiscal year 2020 budget - with $100 million in emergency funding to address the spread of novel coronavirus and COVID-19.

Kemp, American Red Cross Encourage Georgians to Give Blood

Atlanta, GA – On March 17, 2020, Governor Brian P. Kemp joined the American Red Cross in encouraging Georgians to donate blood as federal, state, and local officials work to address the effects of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19.