Governor says 67-year-old man was first COVID-19 related death in Georgia

Posted at 12:28 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 13:28:19-04

The governor of Georgia said the first person has died from coronavirus in the state. The man was 67 years old.

The governor and the Georgia Department of Health said the man was hospitalized at WellStar Kennestone since testing positive for COVID-19 on March 7.

In addition to being infected with coronavirus disease, this individual also had underlying medical conditions.

"Marty, the girls, and I are praying for the family and loved ones of this individual during this incredibly difficult time," said Governor Kemp. "I know the medical professionals on site did everything that they could, and I greatly appreciate their efforts. As our state continues to address this pandemic, I urge Georgians to remain calm and support their neighbors and communities. We are in this fight together."

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of this individual, and the hospital staff who cared for him,” said DPH Commissioner Kathleen E. Toomey, MD, MPH. “Governor Kemp, DPH, the Coronavirus Task Force, and federal partners continue to work together around the clock to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Georgia.