This Saturday, just 15 days after Republican Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia eased the state’s lockdown restrictions, they celebrated their lowest number of hospitalized coronavirus patients and the fewest number of COVID-19 patients on ventilators.
“Today marks the lowest number of COVID-19 positive patients currently hospitalized statewide (1,203) since hospitals began reporting this data on April 8th,” Kemp posted to Twitter on Saturday. “Today also marks the lowest total of ventilators in use (897 with 1,945 available). We will win this fight together!”
Governor Kemp made the decision in the face of persistent attacks from the mainstream media and a public rebuke of President Donald Trump; however, the narrative is beginning to evolve.
“Not only has the virus curve flattened in the Peach State. Data from the last 14 days show a welcome trend of declining new cases & deaths,” wrote the Wall Street Journal in a report Friday, May 8th, noting that Georgia even has an answer for critics who decried a lack of testing availability.
Gov. Kemp announced Thursday afternoon that all Georgians can get tested for coronavirus if they want – even if they’re showing no symptoms of the virus.
“Right now, we have more than 60 testing sites with more supply than demand,” Kemp stated.
Kemp also reiterated that if the numbers start going back up drastically, he’ll consider shutting the state down again.
“If we see the numbers turn in a different direction than we like to see, then we’ll take further action,” Kemp said.
In Indiana, however, Governor Eric Holcomb has chosen a far more cautious, albeit economically-reckless, approach by instituting a confusing and convoluted multi-stage strategy to reopen the Hoosier state – a plan that won’t be fully played out until July 4th.
WIBC host Tony Katz contrasts the two states’ approach to the COVID pandemic in the clip below.