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Georgia governor quarantines after possible COVID exposure

Georgia governor quarantines after possible COVID exposure
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Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempGeorgia House to consider replacing Confederate statue with statue of John Lewis Republicans eye primaries in impeachment vote Trump's legacy is discord and division MORE (R) and his wife are going into quarantine after being exposed to someone who later tested positive for the coronavirus.

“Today, our office was informed that Governor Kemp and the First Lady were recently exposed to an individual who received a positive test result for COVID-19. Upon notification, the Governor and the First Lady received a COVID-19 test,” said Kemp spokesman Cody Hall, who did not offer the results of the tests. 

“Per DPH [Department of Public Health] guidance, both the Governor and the First Lady are currently quarantining. Our office will release further details as they become available.” 

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The news of Kemp’s exposure comes as Georgia, which was hit hard in the first coronavirus wave, finds itself in the middle of a new rise in cases. The Peach State recorded more than 1,800 new cases Friday and currently has more than 1,700 people in the hospital, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Nearly 8,000 people in the state have died from the virus. 

Kemp faced criticism early on for his aggressive reopening plan, including even from President Trump, though Trump has now emerged as a chief cheerleader of reopening businesses despite spikes in cases nationwide. 

The U.S. on Thursday hit a record for a single-day increase in coronavirus infections with nearly 90,000 new cases, an alarming spike before the cold winter months, when cases are expected to increase even further.

A recent analysis by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington School of Medicine found that about 2,250 Americans could be dying every day from COVID-19 by the middle of January.