February Net Tax Revenues Up 4.2%

Atlanta, GA - The State of Georgia’s net tax collections for February totaled roughly $1.35 billion for an increase of $54.9 million, or 4.2 percent, compared to February 2019 when net tax collections totaled $1.30 billion. Year-to-date net tax collections totaled $15.56 billion for an increase of $187.9 million, or 1.2 percent, compared to the previous fiscal year when net tax revenues totaled $15.37 billion.

First COVID-19 Patient at Hard Labor Creek State Park

Atlanta, GA – During a March 10th press conference with state emergency management officials and Coronavirus Task Force members, Governor Kemp and Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security (GEMA) Director Homer Bryson provided an update on seven emergency mobile units being deployed to Hard Labor Creek State Park in Morgan County.

DPH: Five New Presumed Positive COVID-19 Cases

Atlanta, GA – As of March 10th, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is awaiting confirmatory testing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on five additional presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Georgia. The additional cases are in Charlton County, Fulton County, and three in Cobb County. All but one individual (Fulton) are hospitalized. One of the Cobb presumptive positives has a travel history outside of the country. The sources of the other infections are unknown.

Kerry Group to Expand in Floyd County, Invest $125 Million

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that Kerry Group will expand its operations in Rome, Georgia, investing $125 million, its largest-ever capital expenditure investment. The project will employ more than 400 people during the construction phase and more than 100 new full-time positions when the facility is fully operational.

Medline Industries, Inc. to Create 150 Jobs, Invest $70 Million in Bryan County

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp announced on March 11th that Bryan County will be home to Georgia’s newest Medline Industries, Inc. location in the state. Medline, the largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies, will invest over $70 million to build a new distribution center in Richmond Hill that will create 150 new jobs with capacity for more than 600 workers as the company grows.

Gov. Kemp Requests $100 Million in State Funds to Combat COVID-19

Atlanta, GA – On March 11th, Governor Brian P. Kemp sent a letter to Speaker of the House David Ralston and Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, requesting $100 million be drawn from the Revenue Shortfall Reserve (RSR) to combat the spread of COVID-19. Governor Kemp also notified Representative Terry England (R - Auburn), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee; and Senator Jack Hill (R - Reidsville), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, via a separate letter of this request.

Gov. Kemp, Georgia Hospital Association Issue Joint Statement on Patient Privacy

Atlanta, GA –  On March 11th, Governor Brian P. Kemp and the Georgia Hospital Association issued the following statement regarding patient privacy in light of the COVID-19 outbreak in Georgia:

Georgia COVID-19 Cases: 12 Confirmed, 19 Presumed Positive

Atlanta, GA –  There are, as of March 11th, thirty-one confirmed and presumed positive cases of COVID-19 in twelve counties around Georgia.

Kemp, DPH: First Death from COVID-19 in Georgia

Atlanta, GA – Governor Kemp and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) are confirming the first death from COVID-19 in Georgia. The individual, a sixty-seven year old male, was hospitalized at WellStar Kennestone since testing positive for COVID-19 on March 7. In addition to being infected with coronavirus disease, this individual also had underlying medical conditions.

Gov. Kemp Urges Calm, Announces Coronavirus Task Force Subcommittees

Atlanta, GA – This afternoon, Governor Brian P. Kemp held a press conference to provide an update on COVID-19. The Governor was joined by Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, Speaker David Ralston, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey, Adjutant General Tom Carden, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John King, and Governor's Coronavirus Task Force members.