Kemp’s poor reputation for coronavirus management could get worse. Photo: Icon Sportswire via Getty Images When Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (among the last of the major-state governors to impose a statewide stay-at-home order) relaxed coronavirus restrictions even before Donald Trump thought it was safe to do so, he gambled that the business and employment boom he thought reopening might produce would offset — politically if not morally — the illness and death many experts warned him he was risking. The jury’s still out on the public health consequences of Kemp’s gamble, as Business Insider reports: Roughly three weeks after Georgia began reopening businesses and lifted its shelter-in-place order, the status of the state’s coronavirus outbreak remains unclear amid a roiling debate over how to interpret recent COVID-19 data, and allegations that state officials have been misrepresenting the number of new cases.Though Georgia’s Department of Public Health has published data showing what appears to be a significant decline in new cases and deaths, experts have emphasized that the data is both preliminary and incomplete, and suggested that the outbreak appears to be in a plateau — not a decline. What’s more surprising, to the extent that Kemp’s already terrible reputation for handing the coronavirus… Read full this story
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