GA Gov. Brian Kemp orders 'shelter-in-place' for those at high risk, while Atlanta tells all to stay home

Governor Brian Kemp during s March 5 press conference. (Source: WALB)
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ATLANTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is ordering a mandatory “shelter-in-place” order for certain state residents who have an "increased risk" of catching COVID-19.

Atlanta took a stronger approach, telling all residents to stay home, with some exceptions.

The news comes late Monday afternoon as state officials say the current count of COVID-19 in Georgia stands at 772 cases with 25 fatalities.

Kemp said during his news conference that those who have lung disease or cancer should stay home to prevent themselves from getting the virus.

He is also ordering people who have a positive case of COVID-19, those with a "suspected" case of COVID-19, or those who have been exposed to others who have had the virus to stay home.

Kemp's new order is the latest salvo in state efforts to contain COVID-19.

Meanwhile Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued a 14-day stay-at-home order for all residents, with exceptions for "essential" services.

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