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Pence to visit Georgia to discuss state's reopening amid COVID-19

Pence to visit Georgia to discuss state's reopening amid COVID-19
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Vice President Pence will visit Atlanta on Friday to discuss Georgia’s aggressive plan to reopen its economy during the coronavirus pandemic.

Pence will meet with Gov. Brian Kemp (R) and restaurant executives to dig into the state’s efforts and restaurants’ plans to begin offering dine-in options again. 

A White House official told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which first reported Pence’s visit, that the trip is part of a series of visits to states across the country to explore how different areas are responding to the pandemic.

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“The vice president has been traveling around the country to highlight the true American spirit of coming together in a time of need,” Katie Miller, Pence’s press secretary, told the Journal-Constitution. “He is excited to be in Georgia on Friday to highlight the economic reopening.” 

Pence will also visit Florida next week for the SpaceX launch. He has traveled to Colorado, Iowa and Washington state in recent months. 

Pence’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill regarding his travels.

Pence and President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE have been cheerleaders of various states’ efforts to try to reopen their economies in an attempt to blunt the coronavirus’s economic fallout, which has included a growing number of business closures and tens of millions of workers filing for unemployment. 

Georgia has moved to reopen more quickly than many other states, and Kemp has underscored a surge in testing and a decline in hospitalizations to suggest his plan is working. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis found that hospitalizations for the disease dropped by about one-third across the state in the past two weeks. 

However, public health experts warn that a spike in cases is possible as Georgia and other states being to relax stringent limitations and allow people to gather again.