Coronavirus Is Spiking In Georgia Because Of Trump — But Kemp Is Doing Nothing

June 30, 2020

ATLANTA —  This morning, a CDC expert confirmed that coronavirus “is spreading too fast and too widely to bring it under control in the U.S.” After Georgia had a “record spike” in coronavirus over the last week thanks to failed leadership from Donald Trump, Governor Brian Kemp confirmed that he still won’t use his emergency powers to take additional actions to curb the spread of the virus. Since the coronavirus crisis began, Donald Trump and Brian Kemp have consistently failed to properly handle this crisis, from denying basic facts about the virus to publicly calling for slowed testing

Georgia reported 7,008 new confirmed cases last week in the highest weekly count so far — and cases have continued to rise over the last three weeks. 

Despite these concerning numbers, Kemp refuses to use his emergency powers to mandate public health practices like mask-wearing or social distancing, instead going on a flyover “mask wearing tour” of the state. This comes after Kemp was one of the last governors to institute a stay-at-home order and one of the first to reopen businesses like hair salons and bowling alleys despite expert medical advice.

“Cases are surging in Georgia and across the nation because Donald Trump and Brian Kemp have failed to adequately respond to this crisis. Brian Kemp is choosing to hold a mask wearing tour instead of using any of his actual executive powers to help stop the spread,” said Nikema Williams, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Georgia. “Other countries are starting to return to normal, but Georgians are even worse off than we were three months ago thanks to this administration’s failures.” 

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