Budget cuts for mental health, disabilities alarm patient advocates
“The safety net is stretched to the max.’’ Judy Fitzgerald, commissioner of the agency that oversees mental health and substance abuse services, gave that stark assessment in January to state legislators who were considering budget cuts to her department. Now, even deeper cuts are on the table. Georgia’s budget... Read more
What the soldiers saw after virus hit rural nursing home
Of Georgia’s more than 1,100 COVID-19 deaths, 12% are from long-term care facilities in a region that holds just 3% of the state’s population. As the state reopens, staff know that risks of exposure will only increase. By Max Blau This article was produced in partnership with ProPublica. Georgia... Read more
Are antibody tests the key to cracking COVID?
By Katja Ridderbusch   Fabian Kausche doesn’t plan on getting a tattoo any time soon, and without much hair, a visit to the barber shop isn’t a priority either. Even though personally, he may be safe to do so. In mid-March, Kausche tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused... Read more
Georgia Poison Center sees spike in calls from misuse of cleaning products, disinfectants
Calls to the Georgia Poison Center have risen during the pandemic, with a spike in people reporting illnesses related to cleaning products and disinfectants. Those increases have occurred nationally, with poison centers seeing up to a 20 percent rise in exposure calls related to cleaning and disinfecting products, often... Read more
Trump says he disagrees with Georgia reopening, saying it’s too soon
President Trump said Wednesday that he disagrees with Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision on reopening certain businesses. Kemp’s bold move on reopening – arguably the most aggressive timeline of any state — has put Georgia squarely in a national spotlight on COVID-19.   The governor is allowing the reopening Friday... Read more

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