In a letter dated Thursday, the healthcare staff ask that Gov. Brian Kemp shut bars and nightclubs and prohibit indoor gatherings of greater than 25 individuals, together with at locations of worship.
The letter additionally recommends a statewide face masking requirement and asks that the governor permit mayors and county officers to institute necessities acceptable for his or her jurisdictions.
“During the past week we have seen a sharp spike in cases that cannot be accounted for by increased testing. We also are seeing a very troubling increase in hospitalizations that, if continuing, will overwhelm our healthcare infrastructure, not only in metro Atlanta but also in rural Georgia,” the letter says. “Georgia is simply not prepared for a surge in cases and hospitalizations. You have the power to do much more to save lives and protect our citizens from avoidable illness.”
The significance of masks
Dr. Jesse Couk, an infectious illness specialist based mostly in Atlanta, informed Source by telephone Friday evening that he labored with different docs and healthcare professionals to create the letter after he grew to become pissed off with a seeming lack of motion in response to the spike in instances.
Couk stated he wished to emphasise the significance of sporting a masks and the necessity for elevated social distancing and additional restrictions to sluggish the unfold.
“I wanted to get that message to Gov. Kemp,” Couk stated. “I had a lot of concerns I was watching our cases of Covid-19 grow and grow in Georgia and I was seeing increases in hospital admissions.”
Couk informed Source that after being on the entrance traces of the big case numbers and hospitalizations in March and April he’s fearful that one other spike might ship everybody again into isolation.
“We really need more than 90% of people to be wearing a mask in high risk situation like being indoors in public or in crowds outdoors,” Couk stated.
“So, we know our cases are going up we know our hospitalizations are increasing,” Couk stated. “So the time to act is right now, there’s no reason to wait.”
Source has reached out to Kemp’s workplace for a response.
On June 29, Kemp prolonged the state’s public well being emergency, which requires social distancing, bans gatherings of greater than 50 individuals except there’s six ft between every individual and requires sheltering in place at long-term care services till July 15. It had been set to run out July 1.
Coronavirus has killed greater than 129,000 individuals and contaminated over 2.7 million nationwide, in keeping with Johns Hopkins University. It listed Georgia as having 90,493 reported instances.
As an infection charges proceed rising in 36 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is projecting almost 148,000 deaths within the US by the top of the month.
On Friday, Johns Hopkins University reported 52,104 new instances within the US and 631 new deaths.