“Our unprecedented battle with COVID-19 has proven the resolve of the people of Georgia to fight hard, come together, and do what is necessary to stop the spread of the virus.
“While we cannot all be together right now, we can join with one another in prayer for our frontline healthcare workers, first responders, law enforcement, business owners, local leaders, and fellow Georgians as we continue the important work of fighting COVID-19 and safely reopening our state.
“On Monday, I am calling on all Georgians to participate in our Day of Prayer by posting on social media and showing their support for their fellow citizens.” – Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
The governor will be joined at Monday’s service by Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and House Speaker David Ralston, two Republicans who also accompanied him at last week’s announcement that he would begin lifting restrictions aimed at containing the pandemic.
Kemp’s vigil drew mocking comparisons from his critics to former Gov. Sonny Perdue’s prayer for rain during the epic 2007 drought. But his allies have urged him to hold a religious service as a demonstration of unity at a volatile time.
State Rep. Trey Kelley, the No. 3 Republican in the Georgia House, wrote Kemp a letter earlier this month calling on him to declare as statewide day of prayer amid a crisis that’s sickened more than 23,000 Georgians and killed hundreds of others.
I'm confused. Has he not been praying the whole time? Because Georgia is in the bottom 10 in testing and the top 10 in cases. Maybe God lost Kemp's prayers the way Kemp lost Georgia's vote count?
— COVID19 Tone Monitor (@Mccallforall) April 27, 2020
LATER TODAY: Georgia's @GovKemp will stream a statewide day of prayer on Facebook at 10:00 a.m. Then at 4:30 p.m., he'll host a joint COVID-19 briefing.
Depend on us to keep you posted. https://t.co/9P0YSeQEMN
— WTVC NewsChannel 9 (@newschannelnine) April 27, 2020
— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) April 24, 2020