Governor deploys Georgia National Guard to assisted living facilities, nursing homes

1 person was confirmed to have the virus and four more are being treated for symptoms at the hospital.

ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp announced Tuesday that he is deploying the Georgia National Guard to assisted living facilities and nursing homes to fight the spread of COVID-19.

Kemp said 100 guardsmen will be sent to specific locations across the state to implement infection control protocols and enhanced sanitation methods.

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"Georgia's top priority is increasing healthcare capacity to protect vulnerable Georgians, especially those residing in long-term care facilities," Kemp said. "If we can keep these populations as healthy as possible, we will be able to conserve precious medical supplies and hospital bed space in the coming days and weeks."

Twenty soldiers headed to the Pelham parkway Nursing home Tuesday. Five confirmed cases have been reported there.

Phoebe-Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany also said Kemp sent 44 National Guardsmen to help with the response there.

“We’ve received multiple shipments of emergency supplies and are grateful for the incredible support of Gov. Kemp and the Georgia Department of Public Health during through this public health crisis,” the hospital wrote on Twitter.