First coronavirus death reported in Georgia

A 67-year-old man with underlying medical conditions is the first Georgian to die from coronavirus. According to state health officials, the man was hospitalized at WellStar Kennestone Hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 March 7.

“Marty, the girls, and I are praying for the family and loved ones of this individual during this incredibly difficult time,” said Gov. Brian Kemp. “I know the medical professionals on site did everything that they could, and I greatly appreciate their efforts. As our state continues to address this pandemic, I urge Georgians to remain calm and support their neighbors and communities. We are in this fight together.”

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of this individual, and the hospital staff who cared for him,” said Georgia Department of Health Commissioner Kathleen E. Toomey, MD, MPH. “Governor Kemp, DPH, the Coronavirus Task Force, and federal partners continue to work together around the clock to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Georgia.”


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness, including those over 60 years of age and people with serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

According to state health officials, if you are at higher risk for serious illness from coronavirus because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is important for you to be prepare now in the event of community outbreak of COVID-19. Be ready to stay at home for an extended period to limit your exposure to the virus. Ask your health care provider about having extra prescription medication on hand and stock up on over-the-counter medicines to treat fevers and other symptoms. Be sure you have two weeks of household items, groceries, and water so that you do not have to leave home.

If you have recently traveled to areas where there are ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 and develop fever with cough and shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel, or if you have had contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, stay home and call your health care provider or local health department right away. Be sure to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room, or urgent care center and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

For accurate and reliable information about COVID-19 log on to https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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