Gov. Brian Kemp is asking Georgians to use online or call-in religious services this weekend, as deaths and hospitalizations from the coronavirus continue to grow.

Kemp begged Georgians to stay home in a Friday press release.

"I greatly appreciate faith leaders across our state who have made the tough decision to stop the spread of COVID-19 by suspending in-person religious services. Their leadership is literally saving lives," Kemp said.

"To all Georgians celebrating Easter this Sunday, I am pleading with you to not attend any services in person. If you attend worship services in person, you risk exposure to coronavirus - potentially endangering your life, the lives of your neighbors, and your loved ones. I know this decision is difficult, but we will get through this together.”


This comes as there have been reports of churches violating the state's stay-at-home order requiring social distancing for in-person gatherings, and also reports of people not staying in their cars during drive-thru church services.

As of Friday afternoon, all but four of Georgia's 159 counties have confirmed cases of COVID-19, and at least 400 people have died from the coronavirus.

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