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First coronavirus patient relocated to Hard Labor Creek State Park

The governor's office says the patient is an individual from Cherokee County.

ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp's office announced Tuesday evening that a patient who tested positive for COVID-19 has been sent to an isolation area set up by state authorities at Hard Labor Creek State Park in Morgan County.

This is the first patient to arrive at the state park.

According to a release from Kemp's office, the patient is an individual from Cherokee County.

"The individual was not able to isolate at their primary residence and was not in critical condition requiring any hospital admittance," said a release from the governor's office. "State public health officials determined that a specific part of Hard Labor Creek State Park would be best suited for isolation as the individual is treated by medical professionals."

GEMA Director Homer Bryson said earlier this week that seven emergency mobile units had been deployed to the park. He said the park was chosen specifically due to its remote location and capability to accommodate the emergency mobile units.

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"This site was specifically chosen for its isolation from the general public and ability to house mobile units in the short term," said Bryson said. "State public health staff will monitor the individual's progress and work together with state law enforcement to ensure the safety of the community and the patient."

The site at Hard Labor Creek State Park is closed to public access and closely monitored by state law enforcement 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

In Georgia, the risk of contracting COVID-19 remains low, according to officials. At 11Alive, we’re focusing our news coverage on the facts and not the fear around the virus. To see our full coverage, visit our coronavirus section, here: www.11Alive.com/Coronavirus.

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