State COVID-19 toll jumps within hours; sterilizing facilities get regulatory break
In just seven hours, the state toll from coronavirus jumped significantly. As of 7 p.m. Wednesday, 47 Georgians had died from coronavirus, up from 40 reported at noon. The total number of cases increased from 1,247 to 1,387 over that time. The death rate from confirmed cases in Georgia... Read more
Phoebe Putney sees more deaths, reports lack of cooperation by some hospitals
An Albany hospital inundated with COVID-19 patients said Tuesday that it is “quickly reaching a critical mass,’’ and that some other hospitals are refusing to accept its transfer patients who don’t have the virus. Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital also reported three more COVID-19-related deaths Tuesday, bringing the hospital’s total... Read more
Coronavirus: Rising toll, relaxed rules, and questions on CDC role
Story updated Dr. Tom Frieden, a former director of the CDC, said Sunday that he would feel “a lot safer’’ if he saw the Atlanta-based public health agency playing a more prominent role in the federal task force against COVID-19. “The CDC is the nation’s leading protection agency,” Frieden... Read more
Rural hospitals: A new crisis on top of the old one
Georgia’s rural hospitals have faced financial challenges for a long time. Even the recent economic boom was not enough to pull them out of the ditch. Now things may get even worse. The COVID-19 pandemic is both a medical crisis and an economic shock, and in Georgia, the state’s... Read more
State, CDC sending team to investigate surge of coronavirus in Albany
The state’s Department of Public Health and the CDC are sending a team of epidemiologists to investigate the rising number of cases of COVID-19 in Albany, where six people have died from the disease. As of noon Friday, Dougherty County had 38 confirmed cases of coronavirus – the fourth-highest... Read more

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