COBB COUNTY, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — The Cobb County Board of Commissioners held a special called meeting to discuss COVID-19 and its impacts on the county. Cobb and Douglas Public Health Director Dr. Janet Memarck and WellStar Medical Director of Infection Prevention Dr. Daniel Branstetter presented data and information on the coronavirus situation.

Chairman Mike Boyce said he was considering signing a State of Emergency for Cobb County tonight.

“We have to take measures to push the message that this is a virulent disease, and we gotta start taking it seriously,” said Chairman Mike Boyce, who said many people are not taking it seriously until someone they personally know is affected.

Dr. Memarck shared this data as of March 24:

  • 40,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. 
  • 82 cases in Cobb, 2nd highest in state
  • 5 deaths in Cobb (1 was made posthumously)
  • 1 pending test result (deceased person)
  • 3 daycares with positive cases
  • 4 nursing homes with positive or pending cases
  • Multiple schools with exposures
  • Hospital has as many as 60 people under investigation or positive

Dr. Branstetter said research shows 80% of the people in the room during the meeting will get COVID-19.

Both doctors said getting more people to follow social distancing recommendations is the only solution.

Click on the video to watch the full special called meeting.

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