Georgia braces for surge in COVID-19 patients

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Kemp: 200 COVID-19 beds headed to Georgia World Congress Center

ATLANTA—The State of Georgia has executed a contract with PAE to build a 200-hospital bed alternate care facility at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), state officials announced today(April 12) .

Officials say they are preparing for the patient surge expected this month.  Georgia’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has reached 12,550, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health’s web site as of April 12. Officials say 2,518(20.06%) have been hospitalized and 442 (3.52%) deaths have been reported.

“Across Georgia, we have partnered with existing healthcare infrastructure to greatly expand our surge capacity, and now we have a dedicated team building out a temporary facility at the Georgia World Congress Center for potential COVID-19 patient surge,” said Gov. Kemp. “We are working around the clock to prepare for future needs and ensure the health and well-being of our state. I am truly honored to have Georgia’s best, brightest, and most dedicated public servants working on this critically important project.”

Starting immediately, the Georgia National Guard, Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, Department of Community Health, Department of Public Health, and contractors will begin to prepare GWCC for potential COVID-19 patient surge for mild to moderate (non-ICU) illness levels excluding ventilator support.

The team will utilize contract medical staffing to prepare for surge leading up to the state’s projected peak date, currently set for April 26, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. This project at GWCC will leverage existing support through nearby Grady Memorial Hospital with initial operating capacity available in one week. Over the next few days, Gov. Kemp will provide more details as construction gets under way.

Below are the confirmed COVID-19 Cases for On Common Ground News coverage areas: 

Fulton  1,495 50; Deaths: 50

Gwinnett 701; Deaths: 19

DeKalb 893 ;Deaths: 14

Rockdale 92; Deaths: 2

Newton 82; Deaths 3

 

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2 comments

  • Connie

    April 13, 2020 at 6:43 am

    You know I hear of all these deaths SO MANY OF THEM THEN AGAIN WITH THIS MANY YOU WOULD THINK I OR FRIENDD OF MINE WOULD KNOW SOMEONE THAT THIS HAS HAPPENED TO THANK GOD I DONT BUT AT THE SAME TIME I FIND IT TO BE SO ODD !

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  • Graham Jagger

    April 14, 2020 at 6:29 am

    I’m in the UK and British by nationality but my daughter and grandsons are in Cobb County and they are my only family. At almost 70 years of age I was just about to join them there when the pandemic started and the travel ban came in. We are separated by 4500 miles and I miss them a great deal. They and my only family and hope they take care and stay safe and look forward to when we can be together again.
    I am in lockdown here and it’s a hard time for everyone but even more so when your only family is so far away, so I hope that the State of Georgia does all the right things and keeps everyone safe and that I can get there as soon as it is safe to do so and I can spend the rest of my days with my dear family.

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