ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — In his latest COVID-19 update, Governor Brian Kemp announced he extended the State of Emergency for Georgia for a third time. The order will now expire at 11:59 p.m. on July 20.
The shelter in place order will remain in place for elderly and medically-fragile people through June 12.
Kemp also discussed plans to ease certain restrictions over the next several days.
Bars and nightclubs can reopen effective June 1, 2020, provided they meet 39 mandatory measures, which include screening workers, limiting party sizes to six people and preventing patrons from congregating. They must also comply with strict sanitation and social distancing rules.
Gatherings of more than 25 people will be allowed starting June 1, provided there is six feet between individuals. This is a increase from the prior limit of 10 people.
Amateur and professional sports are allowed to resume, effective June 1, and must follow non-critical infrastructure guidelines.
Starting May 31, 2020, overnight summer camps are allowed if they meet 33 public safety criteria.
Summer schools can reopen in June, if they meet 11 mandatory criteria, including enhanced sanitation, regular hand washing and keeping students separated to avoid exposure.
Amusement parks can reopen on June 12 if they meet 33 critieria.
Kemp also referenced ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of the virus in long term care facilities and how the Georgia National Guard has worked with officials to test residents and staff.
He said 48% of all COVID-19 deaths are connected to those facilities, and he said, as of yesterday 66% of residents and 36% of all staff have been tested.
Kemp and Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey both acknowledged a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases over the weekend. They said there was a backlog of roughly 15,000 cases from a private vendor, mainly from the Macon area, that were added to the system, causing the spike.
They said the Daily Status Report on the DPH website will now be updated at 3 p.m. daily, which will allow more time for additional verification of data.
Kemp also said Georgia will receive 18,000 vials of Remdesivir, which will be distributed to hospital to treat about 1,570 patients for COVID-19.
To watch the full briefing, click on the video.