In Savannah stop, Gov. Kemp encourages COVID-19 safety over Labor Day weekend

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) –  Gov. Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp stopped in Savannah Friday morning as part of a fly-around tour ahead of Labor Day.

The governor and first lady also traveled to Valdosta and Augusta as part of their tour to promote stopping the spread of COVID-19 and encouraging best practices and adhering to public health guidance.

Joined by Savannah Mayor Van Johnson, Kemp explained that the stakes are high this holiday weekend. He urged Georgians not to lose sight of the facts.

“When you look at the charts it’s abundantly clear, that cases have spiked and hospitalizations have risen,” said Kemp, “and deaths have increased after a holiday weekend.”

Cases are declining, somewhat inconsistently across the state, and the percent of COVID-19 tests coming back positive is down from 12.4 % to 8.6%.

That being said, for the past three days, new confirmed cases in Georgia have been above 2,000. Kemp wants to keep numbers trending down and fears crowded beaches and large gatherings this weekend could set progress back.

“People forget that we are battling an invisible enemy and unfortunately many let their guard down,” said Kemp, “but I will say this we have come way too far and everyone has sacrificed way too much to turn back now.”

Both Kemp and Johnson stood united Friday, despite past public disagreements on whether masks should be mandatory.

“I think I have the responsibility to disagree if necessary and he does as well,” said Johnson. “In the end, we come together on the things that matter.”

The governor’s emergency order still bans large gatherings. It also requires certain safety measures at local businesses and asks the medically fragile to shelter in place.

The governor says he has called in Georgia State Patrol and the Department of Natural Resources to monitor crowded beaches. He advised everyone to continue to wear masks and wash their hands.

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