Governor Brian Kemp creates coronavirus task force to assess Georgia preparedness


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ATLANTA, Ga. (WRBL) – Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has announced the formation of a new coronavirus task force to assess Georgia’s virus readiness and procedures that are in place for “preventing, identifying, and if needed, addressing cases of COVID-19.”

Following a morning call with Vice President Mike Pence about the Trump Administration’s efforts to aid interagency cooperation and proactive measure to lessen the impact of the virus.

“The Trump Administration understands that states and local governments are standing on the front lines of COVID-19, working tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of Americans. The President wisely selected Vice President Pence – a former governor with expertise in emergency preparedness – to coordinate this national effort, and I deeply appreciate the Vice President’s offers of assistance should the need arise in Georgia,” said Governor Kemp. “In accordance with the Administration’s initiatives, Georgia’s coronavirus task force represents a coalition of subject-matter experts from the private and public sectors who will work together on preventative measures, strategic deployment of resources, and collaboration across all levels of government.”

The Georgia Department of Public Health has said that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Georgia, but they are continuing to monitor the situations and remain vigilant.

The CDC currently shows that only 15 patients have been confirmed to have an infection from the coronavirus in the United States, with 12 of those cases being travel-related.

“Fortunately, the Peach State boasts some of the world’s most advanced healthcare experts and institutions, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” said Kathleen Toomey, MD, MPH, Commissioner for the GDPH. “We are taking action now – ahead of any confirmed cases – to make sure that we are ready for any scenario.”

The Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force will include:

  • Felipe den Brok – Director – City of Atlanta’s Office of Emergency Preparedness
  • Homer Bryson – Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency
  • Major General Tom Carden – Adjutant General – Georgia National Guard
  • Chris Car – Attorney General – Office of the Attorney General
  • Sharon Cooper, RN, MSN – Chair – State House Health & Human Services Committee
  • Greg Dozier – Commissioner – Technical College System of Georgia
  • Cherie Drenzek – State Epidemiologist – Georgia Department of Public Health
  • Tim Fleming – Chief of Staff – Office of the Governor
  • John Haupert, FACHE – Chief Executive Officer – Grady Health System
  • John King – Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner – Georgia Department of Insurance
  • Colleen Kraft, MD – Director – Emory University Clinical Virology Research Laboratory
  • Ryan Loke – Healthcare Advisor – Office of the Governor
  • John Selden – General Manager – Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
  • Lorri Smith – Chief Operating Officer – Office of the Governor
  • Kathleen Toomey, MD MPH – Commissioner – Georgia Department of Public Health
  • Ben Watson, MD – Chair – State Senate Health & Human Services Committee
  • Richard Woods – State School Superintendent – Georgia Department of Education
  • Steve Wrigley – Chancellor – University System of Georgia

To give the public more information about the coronavirus COVID-19, the CDC has set up a microsite to share details on prevention, infection, and other relevant knowledge on the virus.

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