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Georgia Governor announces fewer than 1,000 hospitalized with coronavirus

Governor Brian Kemp initially faced some backlash for deciding to reopen parts of his state in early May

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp
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Updated: May 22, 2020 - 8:09am

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced late Thursday that his state had fewer than 1,000 residents hospitalized for coronavirus. The number represents a 38% decline in hospitalizations since May 1, when the state began to reopen. 

"I have said from the very beginning that we are making decisions based on data, science, and the advice of public health officials," Kemp said. "We are also committed to full transparency and honesty as we weather this healthcare crisis." 

Kemp also encouraged Georgians to schedule and keep any medical appointments they may have.

"Georgia's health systems are ready to serve patients for elective procedures and routine appointments. We strongly encourage everyone to get important check-ups on their calendar," the governor said. 

Across the nation, hospital systems are facing potential financial ruin as appointments and procedures are canceled due to the pandemic. "Please go to the doctor for a check-up if you are due for one. Schedule time for routine procedures, like dental cleanings and eye exams, and prioritize your health," Kemp said. 

There are currently nine cases in Georgia of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, a disease possibly linked to the coronavirus that is causing children to fall ill.