By Amanda Cooper
Governor Brian Kemp addressed the state's COVID-19 reporting discrepancies during the State COVID-19 Update Press Conference at the state capitol today.
Recently, the State Department of Health has been under fire for reporting inaccurate numbers regarding COVID-19 testing and positive cases statewide. While speaking about the discrepancies, Kemp showed solidarity with Toomey and asked that the health department is “afforded some patience” saying,
“From the very beginning that we are making decisions based on data, science, and the advice of public health officials like Dr. Toomey. We are also committed to full transparency and honesty as we weather this healthcare crisis. Georgia families, businesses, local leaders, and the press deserve accurate data, and I know that Dr. Toomey’s team is working around the clock to collect, sort, and produce that information. We are blessed to have one of the best Public Health Directors in the nation leading our state through this pandemic, and her team is working around the clock to ensure the health and well-being of all Georgians. They are taking massive amounts of data from countless sources, putting it into an accessible format under a global spotlight – all at break-neck speed. Please afford them some patience, and please steer clear of personal attacks.”
Governor Kemp also proudly reported a major decline in coronavirus hospitalizations citing, “less than 1,000 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in our state. GEMA’s 1 PM update has that number at 919 patients. That’s a 38% drop since May 1.”
This week, Georgia ranked number 21 nationwide for testing. In an effort, to make COVID-19 testing more available. Kemp announced that CVS Health is opening twenty-three new drive-thru testing sites across the state. These new sites will utilize self-swab tests and mark the next phase of the company’s nationwide COVID-19 testing strategy. The Governor also spoke on the aggressive actions being taken by the Georgia National Guard to battle the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and personal care homes.
Kemp ended saying "We’re all in this fight together. This Memorial Day, we want everyone to have a good, safe weekend in accordance with public health guidance.”