Georgia’s first coronavirus case was confirmed Monday by two members of a family in the same Atlanta area, including a man who recently moved to Italy, state officials announced.
Governor Brian Kemp told reporters at a late-night press conference that the two men had set themselves apart from other relatives in their Fulton County. Health officials were working to identify people they had recently contacted.
“Georgians must remain calm,” said Kemp, who announced the state coronavirus task force hours earlier. “We were ready for today.”
Georgia became the 12th U.S. state to report confirmed coronavirus infection. Total U.S. incidents have reached over 100. Six people have died, all in Washington state.
COVID-19 is characterized by fever and cough and, in severe cases, symptoms of shortness of breath or pneumonia. Globally, the death toll has reached more than 1,000,000 cases, with a total of more than 1,000,000 cases in nearly 700 countries.
Health officials say patients with confirmed cases in Georgia have recently visited Milan, Italy.
The man called his doctor after the symptoms appeared and the doctor thought he might have coronavirus after hearing about his trip to Italy, the state public health commissioner said. Kathleen Tommey said. The two men were tested and the Federal Centers for Disease Control called Georgia authorities Monday with positive results.
“I doubt we’ll look into other cases,” Tommy said. “I hope they all went just as smoothly.”
State officials declined to release more information on the Georgia issue, citing privacy concerns.
Tome said the man showed no symptoms on the plane while traveling home from Italy and authorities do not believe he was infected at the time. No infected people needed to be hospitalized.
“They are at home, in isolation from other members of the household, doing well and have minimal symptoms,” Tome said.
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