Georgia Re-Opens But Nerves and Worry Still Abound
On Friday, the state of Georgia began to ease up on its stay-at-home orders, but many mayors across the state are worried that it is too soon.
Governor Brian Kemp gave the green light for hair and nail salons, barber shops, massage businesses and gyms to re-open. It was the first big step back towards normalcy after the stringent stay-at-home orders put into place at the onset of the pandemic.
Across the state, mayors of small and big towns were alarmed with the number of coronavirus deaths surpassing 51,000. It highlights the issue facing all states across the country of how to start getting back to normalcy without putting their citizens in danger.
For people like Atlanta mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, she decided to forego the governor’s orders: “Stay home, nothing has changed.”
She predicts that the number of positive COVID-19 cases will rise in the next few weeks, and worries that it will undo the work that was done with people socially distancing themselves.
We are seeing plenty of epicenters popping up in the rural areas, such as the city of Albany, Georgia.
The city’s mayor, Bo Dorough, has said he hopes that the governor will allow smaller places like these to remain stringent and not re-open.
The city of Albany is located in the county of Dougherty, which has a population of about 88,000 and has reported 1,465 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 108 deaths as of Friday. And while the hospitalization rate has declined in the area, many are concerned about how re-openings will cause the rates to spike again.
We are beginning to see states and cities across the country start to “dip their toes in the water”, so to speak. People are itching to get back to a semblance of normalcy, yet many are still afraid of spreading the sickness. Public figures are in a tight spot of having to keep their people and economy happy, while also making sure they remain safe. The many lockdown protests that have been happening sure don’t help either.
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