The governor of Georgia announced on Monday night that two people in the state have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Gov. Brian Kemp said during a press conference that both of the patients live together and have recently returned from Italy.
“Our team has been working around the clock to prepare for any scenario,” Kemp said.
“Already, state health officials have established contact with these individuals to gather more information, monitor their condition, and determine any exposure.”
The state’s Department of Public Health Commissioner said the patients live in Fulton County and contacted the doctor when they became ill.
“We knew that Georgia would likely have confirmed cases of COVID-19, and we planned for it. The immediate risk of COVID-19 to the general public, however, remains low at this time,” Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey said.
Four elderly residents at a nursing home in Washington State died from the virus on Monday, bringing the total amount of deaths in the US to six.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday that there have been at least 91 confirmed cases in 10 states.