Georgia governor exposed to infected person, quarantining

Georgia congressman announced he tested postive for COVID-19

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp returns to his office after giving a coronavirus briefing at the Capitol in July.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp returns to his office after giving a coronavirus briefing at the Capitol in July. (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

ATLANTA – Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and his wife have gone into quarantine after being exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, his spokesman announced Friday.

The spokesman, Cody Hall, said in a statement that Kemp and first lady Marty Kemp “were recently exposed to an individual who received a positive test result for COVID-19.”

Hall said neither is showing symptoms and both have received a coronavirus test and they tested negative.

In a separate announcement Friday, U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson of West Point, Georgia, said he had tested positive for the virus. Ferguson appeared with Kemp at a rally on Tuesday, but it was unclear if Ferguson is the person to whom Hall was referring. Hall did not release any names in his statement.

Ferguson said he would self-quarantine and work from home.

Georgia has had more than 350,000 confirmed cases of the virus. More than 7,900 people in the state have died after contracting the virus, according to data from the state Department of Public Health.