Georgia passed 45,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Thursday, according to the state’s Department of Health.
As businesses reopen cases will likely go up, according to Dr. Colleen Kraft, associate chief medical officer at Emory University Hospital.
But Kraft says the economy can’t stay shut down.
“I don’t think we can sustain sort of an indefinite shelter in place,” she said. “So at some point, we are going to have to resume a level of normal activity.
Kraft said she hopes the medical system can handle the new cases as Georgia heads into a different phase in its response to the pandemic — with more people out and about.
“We’re not out of this sort of acute, kind of fearful stage,” she said. “We’re now moving into this stage where we’re climbing our way out of it, but we’re in a plateau, which could easily become a surge.”
Kraft emphasizes personal responsibility over government policy.
She recommends people wear masks, make conscious choices about their quarantine circles, and look to trusted sources for information.
Georgia DPH says 1,973 people have died of COVID-19 in the state.
Marietta Cancels July 4 Fireworks
The city of Marietta is canceling ALL of its Fourth of July events, including its popular fireworks show because of COVID-19.
Marietta joins several others in the Atlanta area that are stopping festivities that day.
This comes as Georgia officials say the number of coronavirus cases statewide has shown an upward trend since mid-May.
Killer Mike, T.I. Team Up With Wellstar To Feed Frontline Workers
Atlanta rappers Killer Mike and T.I. partnered with the Wellstar health system to feed frontline workers overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases.
Both served health care workers meals from their Bankhead Seafood food truck Thursday.
The truck was parked at Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center South.
Earlier this month the pair teamed up with Atlanta nonprofit, PAWkids, and served meals to food insecure families in the original Bankhead Seafood parking lot.