The governor of Georgia has increased hospital personnel in response to the COVID outbreak.

In response to a spike in coronavirus cases, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced Monday that the state would spend an additional $125 million to bolster hospital personnel.

Kemp said at a news conference that the money would pay for another 1,500 health care personnel through the beginning of December. According to the governor, the new financing comes on top of the $500 million the state has already budgeted to finance 1,300 employees at 68 institutions.

To urge unvaccinated employees to get inoculated against the virus, Kemp has also announced that state offices would be closed on the Friday before Labor Day. “I don’t think they work,” he said of vaccine or mask mandates.

If you look at athletic events, airlines, and other places where mask requirements have led to a brawl, you can see what he’s talking about. Everyone knows how to deal with a viral infection.

Among African Americans, he mentioned now-defunct government research that began in the 1930s and left Black males without syphilis treatment for decades as the cause of vaccine apprehension. In rural areas of the state, conservative whites, he claimed, are likewise opposed to immunizations.

My message is: Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or whoever you trust in health care, or your spiritual leader, about vaccines. “Find out more about them. Then, make an educated judgement based on the science.”

An anti-vaccine policy by Kemp represents a dramatic departure with Democratic-led states. Last month, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared most state workers would have to get vaccinated or agree to undergo COVID-19 testing regularly. In North Carolina, New York, and California, the rules are similar, and the Biden administration has set rigorous guidelines for vaccines of the federal workers. 

In Georgia, coronavirus cases are on the rise, thanks in part to the considerably more contagious delta from among unvaccinated people. As of Monday, the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum in Atlanta had been shut down by federal officials, who said that the neighbouring county far surpasses what is considered a high-transmission zone.

More than a few hospitals have cautioned that they do not have enough beds or staff to accommodate any more coronavirus patients. A shortage of nursing staff, respiratory therapists, and intensive care unit personnel plagues hospitals across the country. Kemp said the increased team the state is financing would allow nine regional hospitals to create 450 beds.

COVID-19 patients occupy more than 88% of the ICU beds in Georgia’s hospitals. In addition, several hospitals divert people to their emergency rooms and intensive care units. As a result, a large number of new patients did not receive vaccinations. Vaccination rates in Georgia are substantially below the national norm, with only 41 per cent of the population fully immunized.

According to Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey, hospitals are dealing with more patients in their 30s, 40s, and 50s than during past outbreaks. “The state aims to improve testing availability at hospital sites to remove the burden,” she said.

In the meantime, schools struggle to keep classrooms open as many kids and staff are forced to quarantine due to exposure to infectious diseases. Screven County, which announced its decision on Monday, is one of the ten school districts or charter schools that have sent all children home. These districts have a total enrolment of more than 26,000 pupils or roughly 1.5 per cent of the state’s public school student population.

Although child deaths are extremely rare in the United States, Georgia students have been affected, especially with the delta version. “Schools had to fight through” comparable surges, said Kemp, who is running for re-election next year. However, he said there were no plans to put any limitations on the state.


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