Today Governor Brian P. Kemp announced a coronavirus task force to assess Georgia’s preparations and procedures for preventing, identifying, and – if needed – addressing cases of COVID-19.

Governor Kemp made this announcement following a morning call with Vice President Mike Pence about the Trump Administration’s efforts to facilitate interagency cooperation and proactive measures to mitigate COVID-19’s impact.

“The Trump Administration understands that states and local governments are standing on the front lines of COVID-19, working tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of Americans. The President wisely selected Vice President Pence – a former governor with expertise in emergency preparedness – to coordinate this national effort, and I deeply appreciate the Vice President’s offers of assistance should the need arise in Georgia,” said Governor Kemp. “In accordance with the Administration’s initiatives, Georgia’s coronavirus task force represents a coalition of subject-matter experts from the private and public sectors who will work together on preventative measures, strategic deployment of resources, and collaboration across all levels of government.”

“At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Georgia, but we remain vigilant and continue to plan for all contingencies. Fortunately, the Peach State boasts some of the world’s most advanced healthcare experts and institutions, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” said Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey, MD, MPH. “We are taking action now – ahead of any confirmed cases – to make sure that we are ready for any scenario.”

Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force

Felipe den Brok 
Director – City of Atlanta’s Office of Emergency Preparedness

Homer Bryson 
Director – Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency

Major General Tom Carden 
Adjutant General – Georgia National Guard

Chris Carr 
Attorney General – Office of the Attorney General

Sharon Cooper, RN, MSN 
Chair – State House Health & Human Services Committee

Greg Dozier 
Commissioner – Technical College System of Georgia

Cherie Drenzek 
State Epidemiologist – Georgia Department of Public Health

Tim Fleming 
Chief of Staff – Office of the Governor

John Haupert, FACHE 
Chief Executive Officer – Grady Health System

John King 
Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner – Georgia Department of Insurance

Colleen Kraft, MD 
Director – Emory University Clinical Virology Research Laboratory

Ryan Loke 
Healthcare Advisor – Office of the Governor

John Selden 
General Manager – Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Lorri Smith 
Chief Operating Officer – Office of the Governor

Kathleen Toomey, MD, MPH 
Commissioner – Georgia Department of Public Health

Ben Watson, MD 
Chair – State Senate Health & Human Services Committee

Richard Woods 
State School Superintendent – Georgia Department of Education

Steve Wrigley 
Chancellor – University System of Georgia

The Governor’s Executive Order creating the Coronavirus Task Force is available here.

Herschel DeWayne Grice is the founder of Grice Connect an online news and information company in Statesboro, Georgia. DeWayne has been active in the media for over three decades. He brings a unique insight...