ATLANTA, GA — Gov. Brian Kemp announced Friday that $113 million in federal coronavirus relief funds would be made available to Georgia nursing homes for increased staffing and COVID-19 response.
Nearly $80 million alone would be applied to testing nursing-home personnel.
This money augments more than $36 million of state money already spent for staff support to 115 skilled nursing facilities since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“My top priority from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic has been to ensure the health and safety of our most vulnerable citizens,” Kemp said.
As of Friday, 2,531 residents of Georgia’s nursing homes and assisted-care facilities have died because of the coronavirus. That’s more than a third of Georgia’s 7,106 deaths so far.
GEORGIA’S CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS FOR FRIDAY, OCT.2
Georgia Department of Public Health in Atlanta reported a total of 320,634 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at 2:50 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2. According to the health department’s website, that includes 1,337 newly confirmed cases over the last 24 hours.
Georgia also reported 7,106 deaths so far from COVID-19, with 45 more deaths recorded in the last 24 hours. In addition, the state reported 28,791 hospitalizations — 123 more than the day before — and 5,337 admissions so far to intensive-care units.
No information is available from Georgia about how many patients have recovered.
Counties in or near metro Atlanta and other metropolitan areas continue to have the highest number of positives, with Fulton County still in the lead and DeKalb County surpassing 19,000 on Friday.
Fulton County: 27,855 cases — 65 new
Gwinnett County: 27,844 cases — 111 new
Cobb County: 19,872 cases — 43 new
DeKalb County: 19,030 cases — 92 new
Hall County: 9,567 cases — 69 new
Chatham County: 8,596 — 48 new
Richmond County: 7,220 — 40 new