Georgia GOP governor in quarantine after COVID-19 exposure

Georgia GOP governor in quarantine after COVID-19 exposure
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Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempGeorgia faculty members to require masks in classrooms Republican politicians: Let OSHA do its job Dozens of Republican governors call for meeting with Biden on border surge MORE (R) is in quarantine after a recent exposure to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19, his office confirmed on Monday.

“Following exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual while touring storm damage in Newnan on Saturday, the governor is following CDC/DPH protocol and quarantining,” a spokesperson for his office said in a statement posted to Twitter on Monday afternoon.

“Our office was notified of the individual testing positive today. The governor tested negative this morning on a rapid-response antigen test and has spoken to Dr. Toomey,” the spokesperson added, referring to Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey.

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The news comes after Kemp received the Johnson & Johnson single-dose coronavirus vaccine on Friday while visiting Waycross, Ga., according to local media. The visit reportedly served as a larger effort to encourage residents to also get vaccinated. 

Earlier last week, Kemp announced he would be expanding access to the coronavirus vaccine to all Peach State residents over the age 16 just days after getting rid of certain capacity limits for bars and nightclubs in the state.

The move made Georgia one of a growing number of states to make similar announcements aimed at expanding vaccine eligibility in recent weeks.

On Monday, President BidenJoe BidenFighter jet escorts aircraft that entered restricted airspace during UN gathering Julian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy FBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp MORE also announced that 90 percent of the country’s adults would soon be eligible for the vaccine by mid-April.

Updated at 6:58 p.m.