Kemp eyes economy while Georgia opens up

ATLANTA — Most Georgians are free to go out and about after Gov. Brian Kemp announced the statewide shelter-in-place would end as scheduled.

At nearly the same time as the shelter-in-place order expired, in just 24 hours — from noon Thursday to noon Friday — the state added another 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

With a renewed focus on bolstering Georgia’s economy, eyeing monthly revenue numbers expected to drop significantly due to the coronavirus outbreak, Kemp freed up most of the state’s population to visit reopened businesses.

The Georgia Department of Labor has paid out more unemployment claims during the outbreak than in the past four years combined, officials said Thursday. During the last six weeks, $388 million was distributed to out-of-work Georgians.