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(14,510 posts)
Wed Apr 22, 2020, 04:15 PM Apr 2020

Georgia health board asks Kemp to reconsider opening of businesses

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Macon-Bibb County Board of Health voted unanimously Wednesday to request that Gov. Brian Kemp rescind his order to open businesses including barbershops, spas, tattoo parlors and salons. The South Georgia health board met Wednesday to discuss the governor’s decision, which has been met with mixed reactions.

Health experts and several Georgia mayors have responded with concern about the swift reopening of thousands of businesses in Georgia. Some of Kemp’s conservative supporters have praised the move to usher in the reopening of the economy, which has suffered in the wake of COVID-19.

In addition to the quickness of businesses opening, Macon-Bibb Commissioner Elaine Lucas also said the decision should be reversed because it will be difficult to monitor whether businesses that reopen are following safety guidelines.

“I just don’t see how it is possible to monitor any of these places that are reopening,” she said.

Read more: https://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-health-board-asks-kemp-reconsider-opening-businesses/bscmmrJBxcezyNV6MwW8eK/

This board covers only a small portion of Georgia but let's hope other areas of the state sound off soon.

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(32,017 posts)
2. My hometown ... Macon, GA.
Wed Apr 22, 2020, 04:26 PM
Apr 2020

Two things:

First, it’s Middle Georgia (not South Georgia as described in the article).

Second, understand that one cannot get elected to countywide office in Macon-Bibb unless one runs as a Democrat. It doesn’t shock me that Macon-Bibb would come out in opposition to Georgia’s Republican Governor (and kudos to Macon-Bibb for that).

Inside scoop: Elaine Lucas (quoted in the article) is the de facto leader of the Democratic Party of Macon-Bibb. She opposed me when I ran in the Democratic Primary for the School Board in 2012. I dared to run against her chosen pick for the seat, and I got creamed in the election, but I still have tremendous respect for her. I was the better candidate. I got the local paper’s unanimous endorsement, but politics is a full contact sport, and the Lucas family has a strong grip on Democratic politics in Macon-Bibb. Elaine’s husband is a state senator, and a good one too.



(14,510 posts)
3. Thanks for those details, Laelth.
Wed Apr 22, 2020, 05:31 PM
Apr 2020

It's always great when someone with local knowledge chimes in and adds some local flavor.

Perhaps they can at least keep that part of the state somewhat safer than the rest.......


(6,945 posts)
5. Almost 1,000 new cases on Wed but now even Trump says nope too early..........
Thu Apr 23, 2020, 11:20 AM
Apr 2020

Well then let those biker looking fuckers with the bang bangs and the Confederate flag go protest Trump and block ambulances.


(14,510 posts)
6. Yes. Our placing education (science in particular) at the bottom of our priorities....
Thu Apr 23, 2020, 12:14 PM
Apr 2020

for decades is coming back to haunt use big-time. Of course that also gave us Trump in 2016.

I see Georgia is now #12 on the U.S. list of states regarding cases, just under Texas.

Any idea why the Albany area (Dougherty County) death rate is so bad? It's now at 1479 cases and 106 deaths.

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