SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Tuesday morning Savannah Mayor Van Johnson held his weekly city COVID-19 press briefing, requesting Gov. Brian Kemp to reconsider issuing a statewide mask mandate.
Johnson began the briefing by thanking the Savannah community for showing their support and helping honor the lives lost to COVID-19 during last week’s remembrance ceremony.
“Savannah has endured another week that started out with great uncertainty, “ said Johnson.
Johnson mentioned the U.S. Congress of Mayors prepares to meet this week.
President Joe Biden plans to address the group.
“We are looking forward to his partnership and support,” explained Johnson.
According to the mayor, President Biden has asked Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days of his administration. Johnson added Biden has called on governors, mayors, business leaders and community leaders to issue masking and social distancing measures to help control COVID-19.
“As the president told us, during our meeting, masks not vaccines will get us through this crucial time,” said Johnson.
“Our actions must be comprehensive and consistent at all levels of government,” he added.
The mayor then called on Kemp to issue a statewide mask mandate — a request the mayor has made previous times before.
“It certainly makes sense,” commented Johnson.
Johnson says his pandemic response has almost always been a team effort.
He says that’s why he’s joining state health officials in calling for volunteers, with medical training, to help administer vaccines.
“We have some employed by the city of Savannah and we are willing to use all of them,” he said.
Watch the mayor’s complete address in the video below.