In nearby Cherokee County, 12 students and two staff members from dozens of schools tested positive for the virus the first week they returned to school. The Cherokee County school system reported that more than 250 potentially exposed students were brought home for quarantine for two weeks.
Cherokee County is also notable for its online pictures. Dozens of students at two of its high schools crowded together to take first-day pictures. No one is wearing a mask.
Kemp said at the press conference, the number of hospitalizations for Georgia COVID-19 had decreased and “we are seeing a curve on new cases,”; Kemp said at the press conference.
“As I said before, we’ve come a long way, but we haven’t come out of the woods yet and we can’t leave the accelerator,” he added.
Kemp and US surgeon Jerome Adams both say that Georgians can expect to see new cases reported as schools and businesses reopen.
“I want the Georgians to know that we don’t have to wait until we get vaccinated, we don’t have to hide it until we have a miracle treatment,” said Adams.