Stockbridge City Hall

STOCKBRIDGE — The Stockbridge mayor and City Council unanimously approved a resolution outlining the city’s opposition to Gov. Brian Kemp’s executive order allowing businesses to begin reopening.

During a special called meeting on Thursday, city leaders encouraged Stockbridge residents and non-essential business to continue to shelter in place and follow guidelines and safety protocols issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Georgia Department of Public Health.

The resolution notes the coronavirus “imposes a significantly higher threat of mortality to certain minority populations, including the African-American community, which makes up a significant portion of the population of the city of Stockbridge.”

Additionally, it points out that both President Donald Trump and Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases, were not in support of the reopening. Fauci said the decision could “be setting us back.”

Furthermore, Stockbridge leaders said Kemp’s executive order on April 20 “did not even heed the guidelines established by the CDC and Federal Emergency Management Agency.”

It’s the opinion of the the mayor and council that the governor’s order is “premature and unfounded based on the medical and scientific advice available.”

As of 7 p.m. April 23, Henry County had 413 COVID-19 cases with 10 deaths. Statewide there have been 21,883 cases and 881 deaths reported to state health officials. Between noon and 7 p.m. Thursday, there were 371 new cases of COVID-19 and nine additional deaths.

The state remains under a shelter in place order until April 30.

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