Governors Brian Kemp of Georgia and Ron DeSantis of Florida are issuing formal shelter-in-place orders for their states. Both governors had primarily left restrictions up to local governments.
In a televised address this afternoon, Gov. Kemp said that Georgia schools would be closed for the remainder of the school year and announced that he would issue a shelter-in-place order on Thursday. The order will become effective on Friday and last until April 13.
Kemp cited a change in transmission patterns in the state as the reason for the change in strategy. Previously, many Coronavirus cases in Georgia were traced to travelers but community spread has been increasingly suspected in new cases.
Erick Erickson noted on Twitter that Georgia’s modeling had indicated that community spread of the virus would lead to a shortage of hospital beds if current trends continued.
Earlier in the day, Gov. DeSantis announced a 30-day shelter-in-place order for Florida per the West Volusia Beacon. Floridians are ordered to limit their movements to seeking essential services such as food or healthcare.
Georgia’s Department of Health reports that the state currently has 4,638 Coronavirus cases and 139 deaths. The Florida Department of Health reports 6,955 cases and 87 deaths.
[Note: edited 4/1 10:00 pm to correct date and add Erickson tweet]