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GHDC Leadership Ltr. to Governor Kemp RE COVID 19


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This is the official letter sent to Gov. Kemp during the COVID 19 panedemic encouraging him to shut down Georgia except for essential businesses and workforce.

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GHDC Leadership Ltr. to Governor Kemp RE COVID 19

  1. 1.   House of Representatives  BOB T. TRAMMELL, JR. STANDING COMMITTEES: MINORITY LEADER ETHICS REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 132 COVERDELL LEGISLATIVE OFFICE BUILDING, ROOM 609 GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS 128 NORTH MAIN STREET ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30334 INFORMATION AND AUDITS LUTHERSVILLE, GEORGIA 30251 (404) 656-5058 (OFFICE) JUDICIARY NON-CIVIL EMAIL: MOTOR VEHICLES RULES WAYS & MEANS Hon. Brian P. Kemp Governor of Georgia Office of the Governor Suite 203, State Capitol 206 Washington Street Atlanta, GA 30334 March 23, 2020 Dear Governor Kemp, As we face the threat and disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic together as Georgians, we wholeheartedly stand behind you taking immediate action to mitigate the risk of the devastating outbreak that has occurred in other parts of the world and now appears to be ensuing in parts of the United States. Last week the General Assembly ratified the declaration of a state of public health emergency, granting you the emergency powers, pursuant to statute, to take the necessary actions to mitigate the risks to Georgians posed by this novel virus. In that spirit, we humbly request that you issue an executive order as soon as possible that sets forth a statewide order to “shelter in place” for the next 14 days with only essential personnel being deployed during this emergency. In addition, until COVID-19 testing is more widely available we also request a self-quarantine of 14 days for individuals returning from domestic and international travel. Every day of delay before uniform statewide restrictive measures are taken will lead to an earlier and higher peak of infected Georgians that will completely overwhelm many of our hospital systems. It is the expert guidance of a litany of infectious diseases experts such as Dr. Carlos del Rio, Dr. Wendy S. Armstrong, and Dr. Johnathan Colasanti, among many others, that we are on borrowed time to “flatten the curve.” The order we are suggesting will give us the best chance of "flattening the curve" and slowing the spread of the virus. By taking action now, we give ourselves the best chance to avoid the catastrophe that Northern Italy is facing. Governor, this is a non-partisan issue- this virus sees no color or political affiliations, it doesn’t care about status or economic positioning. We must be proactive in the fight against this “invisible enemy” and protect our citizens. We are all in this fight together. We thank you for your consideration of this urgent request, and we are ready to work with you in any way we can in the fight against COVID-19.
  2. 2. Sincerely yours, /s/ Bob Trammell /s/ William Boddie /s/ James Beverly Rep. Bob Trammell Rep. William Boddie Rep. James Beverly House Minority Leader House Minority Whip House Minority Chair /s/ Dar’shun Kendrick /s/ Erica Thomas /s/ Kimberly Alexander Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick Rep. Erica Thomas Rep. Kimberly Alexander House Minority Chief Deputy Whip House Minority Vice-Chair House Minority Treasurer /s/ Pat Gardner Rep. Pat Gardner House Minority Secretary