ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Governor Brian Kemp said in a press conference at the Georgia State Capitol he is now extending the statewide executive order to shelter in place from April 13 to April 30 in response to COVID-19.
Kemp also suspended vacation rental usage, which includes Airbnb rentals, effective 11:59 p.m. on April 30. He said this does not include hotels, motels, campgrounds, commercial transactions, or property leases involving primary places of residence.READ MORE: Southbound I-275 Lanes On Howard Frankland Bridge To Close August 15
These decisions come after he extended the statewide public health emergency order to May 13 and recently cancelled K-12 schools for the rest of the school year.
Kemp also paid respects to State Senator and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jack Hill (R-Reidsville), who passed away on Monday at age 75.
At the time of the 4 p.m. briefing, the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) reported 9,901 confirmed cases and 362 deaths. Despite the growing numbers, Kemp said it’s clear efforts to combat the virus are working.READ MORE: Two Teens Charged In Connection With A Traffic Fatality
Kemp recapped efforts made to combat the epidemic over the last month. He invited GDPH Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency Director Homer Bryson and Georgia National Guard Adjutant General Tom Carden to respond to questions regarding long term care facilities and the surge in hospital capacities, and potential drugs considered for fighting the virus.
On Saturday, Kemp announced the state will spend $72 million for 296 extra hospital beds, four temporary medical units and two reopened healthcare facilities. The funding also includes $12 million for additional healthcare workers at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, which he has said is one of the hardest hit areas in the state.
Officials responded to questions regarding unemployment claims and other concerns tied to the epidemic.
Kemp also referenced churches and pastors moving to online church services, while some are not adhering to social distancing guidelines that prohibit large gatherings. He said he plans to address the issue later this week.MORE NEWS: Toyota Is Offering To Buy Back An Electric SUV Because Its Wheels Could Fall Off
To watch the full briefing, click on the video.