The chairman said that non-compliance with the working group’s recommendations “allows the virus to spread, prolong and exacerbate the public health crisis facing the state”.
“I urge you to act swiftly and order scientific action in the field of public health,” Clyburn wrote.
The governor’s office did not comment immediately on Wednesday, saying it had not yet received the letter.
Clyburn also sent letters to Republican governors in Florida, Oklahoma and Tennessee, as well as Vice President Mike Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx, coronavirus response coordinator.
According to a federal report from the New York Times, Georgia is one of 21
states whose outbreak is serious enough to enter the “red zone.” The report, distributed by government officials to the White House Coronaviruses Working Group, recommends that officials in Georgia “entrust the use of masks in all current and evolving hotspots – an optimal national mandate.”
The camp, which encouraged but did not require masks, claims that cities and counties are prohibited from enforcing rules that are more or less restrictive than its own, and is fighting against the Atlantic city of Atlanta for its mandate for masks and other measures to combat the spread of COVID. -19.
In the days leading up to the fourth holiday weekend in July, more than 1,400 health workers signed a letter urging Kemp to close bars and nightclubs, put on masks and allow local governments to impose stricter restrictions.
Public health experts warned that Kemp virtually invited a new wave of infections in April when he announced plans to reopen the economy, and experts doubted the state had an effective infrastructure to test people, monitor contacts and isolate the sick if a new wave emerged.
“Everything I’ve seen hasn’t implemented this infrastructure,” Dr. said earlier this month. Harry J. Heiman, Associate Professor at the Public Health Clinic of Georgia. “However, for this infrastructure to be effective, we need to step back and reconsider reopening.”
Georgia reached around 90,000 cases on 3 July, just over four months after the first confirmed case was reported. The overall state of the state has almost doubled in the last 26 days to 178,323.
On Wednesday, the Georgian Ministry of Health reported more than 3,000 new confirmed cases of coronavirus. The state also reported 79 new deaths caused by the virus, representing 3,642 since the onset of the pandemic.
Georgia was one of the last states to order residents to protect themselves on the ground and one of the most aggressive states to reopen, although state health officials acknowledged that Georgia had not fully complied with the state in late April and May. criteria of the White House gate. its limitations.
According to an analysis by the New York Times, Georgia is one of 35 states or territories.
The report of the working group recommends Georgia to close bars, nightclubs and entertainment venues and to limit restaurant catering to less than 25% of capacity. The document also recommends that the public have coronavirus hot spots and “optimal” nationwide hotspots.
Other recommendations include strengthening testing and contact monitoring, expanding laboratory staff and skills to reduce test turnaround times, and weekly testing of staff and residents of long-term care facilities.
Testing has spread in Georgia, but not fast enough to meet demand. Residents complain about long waits to schedule meetings, long lines in test centers and delays in results with a result of one to two weeks.
Experts say results that are a week or more are hampering efforts, such as contact tracing, to quickly identify and isolate outbreaks. And when patients have to wait a few days to get a test and a week or more to get the result, experts say it only increases the likelihood of transmission.
Earlier this month, Kemp announced that the state had used a company in North Carolina to provide test supplies and laboratory capacity to process 10,000 test kits per day. Mako Medical should start increasing its work soon, a VAT spokeswoman said.