COVID-19 in Georgia

Overview

As we continue to monitor developments with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the GBPI staff are focused on the effects of COVID-19 on Georgians across the state. We will continue to provide updates and recommendations for the best ways our state can mitigate harm and protect Georgians through this public health emergency. Our team is working with partners and communities on the ground to understand what’s happening and translate that need into proactive solutions. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for news and updates on COVID-19 in Georgia. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to receive our analysis and latest research each week. The GBPI staff continue to work remotely during this public health emergency. The best way to reach us is via email, and you can find our staff contact information here.

Atlanta’s Low-Wage Workers: Most at Risk, First to be Cut in Crisis

As virus-linked actions slam the brakes on the metro Atlanta economy, the first to be hurt are the …

The Coronavirus’s Harsher Reality for the Most Vulnerable

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is creating new burdens and exacerbating existing ones for Americans at the economic margins. …

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It is Time to Bolster Georgia’s Unemployment Insurance System

As of March 26, 2020, the Department of Labor has extended the Unemployment Insurance benefits duration to 26 …

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act to Provide Georgians with Initial Wave of Assistance

Late in the evening on March 18, President Trump signed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act …

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GBPI Letter Urges Governor, State Leaders to Remove Barriers to SNAP During Pandemic

Dear Governor Kemp, It is commendable that Georgia is taking proactive and necessary steps to fight the spread …

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Fighting COVID-19 in Georgia With Medicaid and New Funding

The first cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Georgia were reported on March 3, 2020, and the number …

How Has Georgia Responded?

Gov. Kemp and his administration have already announced several changes to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and support families in need of unemployment or food assistance.

Georgia’s shelter in place orders have now expired for the majority of Georgia businesses. However, and executive order that runs through July 15 states businesses will continue social distancing measures, bans gatherings of more than 50 people unless there is six feet of distance between each person and requires sheltering-in-place for the medically fragile and those living in long-term care facilities. Gov. Kemp has also extended a public health state of emergency until October 10.

GBPI Recommendations

GBPI continues to evaluate the state’s public health emergency and propose solutions to help working families weather layoffs and lost wages. Below is a list outlining GBPI’s proposals thus far. State leaders should:

Resources for Georgians

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