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Gov. Kemp Issues 'Shelter-in-Place' Order

April 1, 6:30 p.m. - Atlanta – Gov. Kemp, DPH, GEMA, and Georgia Guard COVID-19 Response Update

Gov. Brian P. Kemp announced that he will issue a “shelter-in-place” order for all Georgians beginning this Friday, April 3. The order will remain in place until April 13, with consideration to extend that protocol at that time. He also announced these additional updates and efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus infection in Georgia:

  • Gov. Kemp will, by Executive Order, close all K-12 schools for the remainder of the school year, allowing students to continue online learning.
  • In conjunction with the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, the state will make available military medical teams to skilled nursing facilities, long-term care facilities and assisted living facilities.
  • Gov. Kemp suspended Certificate of Need (CON) regulations during the state of emergency in order to allow for temporary increased and expanded hospital bed capacity. The CON order will not allow for construction of permanent medical facilities or permanent expansion of any services.
  • Gov. Kemp and DPH Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey announced that Georgia is expected to hit its peak of the COVID-19 infection crisis on April 2.

Please check Gov. Kemp's website for additional information.


CDC Statement on COVID-19 Apple App

Today, Apple Inc. – in partnership with the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – released an app and website that guides Americans through a series of questions about their health and exposure to determine if they should seek care for COVID-19 symptoms.  The tool provides CDC recommendations on next steps including guidance on social distancing and self-isolating, how to closely monitor symptoms, recommendations on testing, and when to contact a medical provider.

This launch is a direct response to President Trump’s call for an all-of-America approach and will help Americans heed CDC guidelines and self-isolate to limit COVID-19 transmission.

Users can download the free app from Apple’s App Storeexternal icon or access the tool online at icon.  Everyone has a role to play as we work together to stop the spread of COVID-19.  The latest recommendations can be found at www.coronavirus.govexternal icon.

University of Pennsylvania COVID Hospital Census Modeling Tool

The CHIME App (COVID Hospital Impact Model for Epidemics) was developed by the University of Pennsylvania and is available to all hospitals in an open-source format. It is designed to assist hospitals and public health officials with understanding hospital capacity needs as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic. CHIME enables capacity planning by providing estimates of total daily (i.e., new) and running totals of (i.e., census) inpatient hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and patients requiring ventilation. Here are items hospitals could customize based on their experience:

  • Total regional population
  • Market share of that population
  • Regional COVID-19 infections
  • Number of currently hospitalized COVID-19 patients

Other factors hospitals could change to model experience or they could use the developers’ data.

  • Infection rate
  • ICU rate
  • Ventilated patients
  • Length of stay (Hospital, ICU, Vent)

Hospitals could then determine their needs and when a peak may occur. The supporting documentation can be found here.  Hospitals can download the source code and create their own model.