ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Governor Brian Kemp said in a press conference today the ongoing coronavirus outbreak is now calling for more aggressive measures.

He announced a statewide shelter in place that will take effect on Friday, April 3 and last through April 13, in alignment with the public health emergency order.

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Kemp also ordered all K-12 schools to close for the remainder of the school year. He said online learning will continue.

When asked why he delayed a statewide shelter in place until now, he said he has been following the data and advice of Dr. Toomey, after they learned the virus is transmitting among people before they start feeling the symptoms of the virus. Dr. Toomey said most of the models they were using previously included only those who had symptoms.

He said he will utilize state law enforcement to enforce the shelter in place order. There’s no word yet on how they will enforce the order, but Kemp said those plans could be laid out as early as tomorrow.

Toomey said, like others, she is still hearing that people are minimizing the virus, saying it’s just like the flu. She indicated otherwise.

“This is many times more transmissible and also more deadly,” she said. “Our bodies were not exposed to this before, so we can’t fight this off.”

General Tom Carden gave an update on what the Georgia National Guard is doing, referencing the development of 13 medical support teams deployed to regional hospitals and how they’re currently building infection and control teams to deploy to nursing homes.

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Models show COVID-19 cases are expected to peak around April 23, and there are concerns about a second wave of coronavirus after the peak. Kemp said he’ll decide what happens next after he meets with the General Assembly.

He said, at this time, officials are continuing to focus on immediate needs, like boosting hospital capacity and personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks and ventilators.

In an effort to flatten the curve, Kemp said in addition to social distancing, trying to keep medically fragile people from needing hospitalization and critical care is a priority, which he says will lower the overflowing hospital capacities. He said now is the crunch time to lessen the peak and make the bullseye smaller.

If we have to we’ll put the National Guard and Georgia State Patrol

As always, officials are urging people not to panic and flood grocery stores. They say the stores are ready and have been working to stock shelves throughout the pandemic.

Click on the video to watch the full briefing.

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