Georgia’s entire legislative branch, 236 members, was urged to self-isolate after a state senator revealed he tested positive for coronavirus.
All 236 Georgia lawmakers and dozens of the Legislature’s staffers, along with teenage pages, received memos urging them to isolate themselves for two weeks after the state senator Brandon Beach was found infected with coronavirus. The past week he suffered from a mild fever and a cough, two of the most frequent symptoms of the virus. Another state senator, Bruce Thompson, said he has been in intensive care and awaiting results from a second coronavirus test after an initial one came back negative. In quick succession, both Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, the Senate president, and House Speaker David Ralston sent emails to lawmakers and staffers urging them to isolate themselves through March 30.
The Georgia State Capitol
As of Thursday, Georgia has confirmed 287 coronavirus cases, and 10 people have died from it. During the legislative session, Gov. Brian Kemp was granted powers to respond to the outbreak. All public schools have been ordered to close until the end of March.