36 recently elected Georgia sheriffs in quarantine after COVID-19 exposure

December 10, 2020
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A meeting of newly elected Georgia sheriffs resulted in a quarantine for all 36 sheriffs-to-be after two of them tested positive for coronavirus.

Sheriff-elect Pat Labat of Fulton County and Sheriff-elect Craig Owens of Cobb County both tested positive.

Georgia is experiencing a post-Thanksgiving coronavirus surge, with 1 in every 20 Georgians now being infected by the virus.

Below is a statement from the metro Atlanta Sheriffs.

“While away at sheriff’s school in Pine Mountain, Georgia with 36 recently elected sheriffs across the state, we were made aware individuals were in contact with the coronavirus.

“We have all taken COVID-19 tests, and Sheriff-elect Labat and Sheriff-elect Owens received positive test results. Others are awaiting their results. In accordance with CDC guidelines, we have returned to quarantine in our individual homes.

“In the future, we respectfully request that the Association require individuals to have tested negative for the virus before attending GSA events.

“We urge all Georgians to follow the advice of our dedicated healthcare workers and to wear masks and socially distance. While the vaccine is forthcoming, the pandemic is not over yet and we must all remain diligent to ensure the safety of our communities.”

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