COVID-19 Update (April 20, 2020)

As we start Week 6 of shelter-in-place, I hope you and your family remain well and haven’t killed each other yet.

Joking aside, our federal and state governments have begun planning for what comes next. President Trump sent guidance to state governors last week on a three-phased approach for rolling back the restrictions currently in place. Governor Kemp is expected to unveil his plan today for reopening Georgia businesses. The Legislature has also started preparing for safety precautions to implement when we reconvene sometime soon.  

Here’s the latest, including events happening later today:

COVID-19 RESOURCES
For the most up-to-date information on coronavirus and how best to protect yourself and your family, please check the following:
Georgia Department of Public Health
Centers for Disease Prevention & Control 

GA Department of Public Health hotline: 1-844-442-2681 

To view my past updates on Georgia’s response to COVID-19, please visit my website here.

Gov. Kemp to announce reopening plan today at 4pm

The Governor has called a 4pm press conference today, where he is expected to announce his plans to reopen Georgia businesses. The press conference will be carried live on all Atlanta news stations, as well as streamed live here.

As we tune-in to hear the details for Gov. Kemp’s plan, here is what I’ll be listening for:

  • Public health officials have urged government leaders not to roll-back shelter-in-place restrictions until we can triple our current level of testing. So, what is Gov. Kemp’s plan to increase testing in Georgia?
  • How will Gov. Kemp continue to protect places where outbreaks continue to occur, such as in rural Georgia (Albany, Cartersville) and throughout Georgia’s nursing homes?
  • What powers will Gov. Kemp provide to local governments (cities and counties) to institute more stringent restrictions on the local level as local elected officials deem appropriate?
  • Should Georgia’s infection rate continue to rise or relapse, at what point will Gov. Kemp recognize a “second wave” to be occurring and what actions will he take?
  • Background: Latest data on GA cases
  • Background: President Trump’s guidance to state governors on reopening

I’ll have a full update for you tomorrow morning, summarizing what we learn from the Governor today.

FEDERAL STIMULUS: Check the status of your individual payment

Stimulus checks for individuals have already begun being delivered via direct deposit and U.S. Mail. To check the status of your individual payment, click here to visit to the IRS website.

FEDERAL STIMULUS: Update on Round 2

A deal between Congress and the White House could be finalized as soon as today regarding a second stimulus package that reportedly will include $300 billion to replenish the emergency fund, called the Paycheck Protection Program; $50 billion for the Small Business Administration’s disaster relief fund; $75 billion for hospitals and $25 billion for testing. You can read more about the negotiations here and here.

GA CASES: Reports on vulnerable populations

As we continue to monitor the infection and death rates among vulnerable populations, I wanted to make sure you have access to the data below published by state agencies.

  • To see the latest report from the Georgia Department of Community Health on infection rates at Georgia nursing homes, assisted living communities, and personal care homes click here.
  • To see the latest data from the Georgia Department of Corrections on infection rates by facility, click here.

TONIGHT: Virtual Democratic U.S. Senate candidate forum

Are you still trying to decide which amazing Democrat to support against U.S. Senator David Perdue? Our good friends with the Jewish Democratic Women’s Salon of Atlanta have put together a Zoom candidate forum tonight from 7–8pm. I’ll hope you’ll tune in with me!

Stay safe,
Matthew