Georgia’s Governor to Reopen Businesses
In a news conference on Monday, April 20, 2020, Governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, gives the following Coronavirus update: Georgia will reopen some business starting Friday, April 24, 2020. Governor Brian Kemp says, in this ABC News video, the following businesses will reopen on Friday subject to social distancing and sanitation mandates:
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Bowling alleys
- Hair and nail salons
- Massage and tattoo parlors
Furthermore, Governor Kemp says, theaters, private social clubs, and restaurant dine-in services will open Monday, April 27. With social distancing, Georgians are allowed to hold in-person services in places of worship. Georgia’s shelter-in-place order will end at 11:59 PM on April 30.
Georgia Reopens Despite Rising COVID-19 Cases
As the number of COVID-19 cases in Georgia continues to climb, governor Brian Kemp plans Phase One reopening of some businesses. According to the Georgia Department of Health, the COVID-19 Daily Status Report shows an upward trajectory of Coronavirus cases since March 7, 2020. The graph shows the number of COVID-19 increasing by 20,000 in the last six weeks.
On April 16, 2020, President Trump presented his guidelines on “Opening Up America Again.” His guidelines require each State to satisfy a “Gating Criteria before proceeding to a phased comeback.” One criterion is a downward trajectory of documented cases within 14 days. The Georgia COVID-19 cases do not show a downward trajectory. Thus, Georgia does not satisfy Trump’s gating criterion and should not proceed to Phase One.
President Trump’s Phase One Guidelines
During Phase One, individuals should continue to shelter in place. When you go out in public (e.g., gyms or shopping areas), you should maximize physical distance from others. Furthermore, household members should be aware that returning to work or other environments where distancing is not practical, could result in carrying the virus back home.
Therefore, employers should continue to encourage telework whenever possible. Moreover, employers should close common areas where employees are likely to interact—for example, the break/lunchroom.
In phase one, large venues can operate under strict physical distancing. For example, sit-down dining, sporting venues, and places of worship can open. However, the following will remain closed: schools and organized youth activities, visits to senior living facilities and hospitals, and bars.
COVID-19 Deaths in Georgia – Underlying Condition
In Georgia, there are 839 deaths, with 554 having an underlying health condition, 262 unknown, and 23 with no underlying condition. The pie chart shows the percentages of Coronavirus deaths in Georgia. 66%, or 2 out of 3 people, have COVID-19 death with an underlying condition. A significant number, 30% of COVID-19 deaths are unknown. Only 3% do not have an underlying condition. However, some percentage of the unknown 30% may have no underlying condition. Thus, the rate of Coronavirus deaths with no underlying condition, maybe 10% or higher.oo
COVID-19 High-Risk Conditions
Current data from clinical experts at CDC say, “older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.” At high risk is seniors, age 65 and older, and people living in nursing homes or long-term term facilities. Medicare covers the first 60 days of care in a long-term care hospital after you pay Part A deductible of $1408 in 2020. However, any Medicare Supplement Plan will pay your Part A deductible.
Seniors Vote “No” to Reopen America on May 1
Senior Healthcare Direct received 996 votes in a recent Facebook poll. Our followers, mostly seniors on Medicare, were asked, “Do you think the country is ready to reopen May 1?” A vast majority, more than 3 out of 4 seniors, think America is not ready to reopen on May 1. You can vote in our next poll by following us on Facebook.
People at any age with underlying medical conditions are at high risk. These medical conditions include:
- Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- Serious heart condition
- Severe obesity (body mass index of 40 or higher)
- Chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
- Liver disease
Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including the following:
- Cancer treatment
- Bone marrow or organ transplantation
- Immune deficiencies
- Poorly controlled HIV or AIDS
- Prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
How many people are at High-Risk for COVID-19?
Millions of people in Georgia are at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19. People with high-risk medical conditions include those with chronic diseases. So the number of people with chronic disease in Georgia is approximately the number of people at high-risk for COVID-19.
In Georgia, there are 6.3 million people with chronic disease (62%) and 3.8 million healthy people (38%). In other words, 6 out of 10 people in Georgia are at high risk of severe illness from Coronavirus. Thus, more than half the population of Georgia is at high risk for COVID-19.
Coronavirus Tips to Stay Safe
The following Coronavirus tips can help you stay safe in Georgia:
- Treat all public surfaces as if infected with the Coronavirus
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow (not your hands)
- Wear cloth face mask in public
Get more details and read more Coronavirus tips to stay safe. Seniors get the latest updates on Medicare coverage for Coronavirus, including access to telehealth services. You can also get answers to your Medicare questions by speaking with a licensed agent at 1-855-368-4717. We can help you shop and compare Medicare Advantage and Supplement plans from the safety of your home – get your quote.
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