Coronavirus

Patients Spill Into Georgia Hospital Hallways, Vaccine Rollout Plan Lags Behind

In a letter to Kemp last week, the group wrote the state needs to be more aggressive in efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
In a letter to Kemp last week, the group wrote the state needs to be more aggressive in efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Credit Emilio Morenatti / Associated Press

Members of the Georgia House Democratic Caucus are calling on Gov. Brian Kemp to re-examine his handling of COVID-19.

In a letter to Kemp last week, the group wrote the state needs to be more aggressive in efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Members cite data showing the pandemic’s effects here are worse now than in April when the Kemp implemented a short-lived shelter in place mandate.

The letter comes as COVID-19 vaccinations lag, new cases spike and hospitals struggle. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office has deployed a refrigerated morgue truck, with another on standby.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution health policy reporter Ariel Hart has been following the state’s response to the pandemic. She told WABE’s “All Things Considered” host Jim Burress that hospitals are now so full, patients are spilling into hallways.

Lily Oppenheimer contributed to this report. 

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