Georgia authorities confirmed the state’s first coronavirus-related death on Thursday, as health officials and government leaders scramble to address a COVID-19 pandemic that has already upended everyday life.
Gov. Brian Kemp’s office said the victim was a 67-year-old male who was hospitalized at Wellstar Kennestone. State officials said the victim, who tested positive for the COVID-19 illness on March 9, also had “underlying medical conditions.”
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"I know the medical professionals on site did everything that they could, and I greatly appreciate their efforts,” said Kemp, who urged calm. “We are in this fight together.”
In all, Georgia has 12 confirmed cases of the disease and 19 presumed positive cases awaiting more testing across a dozen counties in Georgia. Most of the cases are in metro Atlanta, though several have been reported in rural areas.
The governor’s announcement came a day after President Donald Trump announced “strong but necessary” steps to keep new cases of the coronavirus from entering the U.S. by suspending most travel from Europe for 30 days.
Stocks took a nosedive early Thursday as jittery investors rejected Trump’s efforts to contain the outbreak. And Vice President Mike Pence warned of “thousands of more cases of coronavirus,” while saying Americans returning from Europe would need to self-quarantine for two weeks.
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