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Governor Brian Kemp

Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia has done such a poor job of controlling the outbreak in Georgia, even Donald Trump has criticized him.

Kemp watched as Georgia began to suffer from the virus, refused to shut down for nearly a month, opened the state far too early, and battled with public officials while refusing to allow mask orders. Nearly 7,000 Georgians have died of COVID-19.

Governor Brian Kemp


  • March 12th: In a press conference, Kemp says he believes “local control is best.” The first Georgian dies of COVID-19.
  • March 24th: Kemp finally issues orders to close bars and asks the medically vulnerable and seniors to stay at home. He ignores calls to issue a shelter-in-place order for the state. The biggest paper in the state criticizes Kemp for not taking further action.
  • April 2nd: The governor relents and announces a shelter-in-place order for the state.  He also says that he just learned that COVID could spread through asymptomatic carriers, which earns him national mockery. 
  • Kemp’s order also bans local governments from taking any further action to stop the spread of the virus.
  • April 20th: Kemp announces that many businesses could reopen within days, including hair salons, tattoo parlors, and other “high touch” services. He is soon found to be using manipulated data to justify reopenings.
  • April 24th: As businesses begin to reopen, the state’s coronavirus numbers continue to climb by the day.
  • July 24th: Cases continue to spike exponentially, topping 160,000 in the state. 
  • August 11th: After Kemp encourages schools to reopen, COVID cases begin to spike amongst students and teachers.
  • August 15th: Kemp officially files a lawsuit against Atlanta and other cities, seeking to strike down their mask mandates.