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Georgia’s Governor Announces That The State Is Reopening Early And Cardi B Went Off

Most of the U.S. is still in lockdown because of COVID-19 but some southern states are risking public health to reopen their economies early. One of those states is Georgia so is allowing most businesses to reopen on Friday with restaurants being allowed to reopen on Monday. It is too early by most reports to do this and people are taking notice.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is eager to open up his state ahead of health expert guidelines.

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Gyms, Bowling Alleys, Hair Salons, Barber Shops, Nail Salons and More To Open on Friday in Georgia – written- by @choose_wisely2 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With more than 18,900 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and a death toll of 733, #Georgia Governor #BrainKemp plans to reopen the state with some restrictions. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Kemp said in his Monday press briefing that #gyms, bowling alleys, hair salons, barbershops, and nail salons could reopen statewide on Friday. Kemp added he’ll allow elective surgeries to take place as well. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With strict social-distancing guidelines, some restaurants and movie theatres will be able to resume operations, as well. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Georgia’s statewide stay-home-order will expire April 30, and the vulnerable population and the elderly will remain under the stay-home-order until May 13. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Churches and other places of worship are allowed to hold services within the social-distancing guidelines. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to Kemp, the Georgia Department of Public Health is seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases and a decline of people being hospitalized for COVID. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Kemp also announced an app to help with the testing process. With the app, people who believe they have the virus will be able to see their test status within 72 hours. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Atlanta Public Schools system has shut down two of its food distribution centers after employees tested positive for COVID-19. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Kemp's said with the state reopening; he’s expecting the COVID-19 cases to increase. But he believes that the state medical system will be able to handle the surge in cases with the increase of hospital capacity.

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Gov. Kemp is fighting to get people back to work in Georgia and it has angered health experts. According to guidelines set forth for states to begin reopening, the state should have at least 14 days of declining COVID-19 cases. Georgia has not had a 14-day decline in cases and health experts warn that Gov. Kemp if endangering lives by opening up the state so quickly.

Cardi B sounded off in an Instagram comment to share her frustration with people fighting to open up so quickly.

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Cardi B has been a very vocal person when it comes to politics that negatively impacts her community and fans. The coronavirus is no different. Data coming out of several states shows that African-American and Latino communities are being disproportionately impacted by the virus.

According to reports, Georgia’s African-American community is facing higher rates of COVID-19 infections when compared to other demographics in the state. While African-Americans make up 32 percent of the population, the community accounts for 54 percent of COVID-19 deaths.

Stacey Abrams, who ran against Gov. Kemp in 2018, also weighed in on the governor’s decisions to start reopening the state.

Abrams criticized Gov. Kemp’s plan to reopen the state without proper precautions. The former gubernatorial candidate told MSNBC how the decision by the governor doesn’t make sense if they are trying to preserve the life of Georgians.

“These jobs that are reopening, these businesses that are reopening, are going to force front-line workers back to work without having been tested, without having access to a health care system to help them if they are in need,” Abrams told MSNBC.

Doctors and health experts are pleading with Gov. Kemp to reconsider to give healthcare workers a chance to fight against the current caseload.

The director for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning of a more fatal second wave from this virus.

“There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through,” Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, told The Washington Post. “And when I’ve said this to others, they kind of put their head back, they don’t understand what I mean.”

He added: “We’re going to have the flu epidemic and the coronavirus epidemic at the same time.”

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