Covid surge eases slightly, but swamped hospitals see no relief
The state’s Covid cases and hospitalizations have dipped over the past week, Georgia health officials have reported. But that drop isn’t relieving the pressure on the front lines of hospitals — both smaller facilities and large urban centers. Take Appling Healthcare, which operates a rural hospital of 34 beds... Read more
Commentary: Mandates needed to fight Covid
Vaccines and masks are two powerful weapons that people can use against Covid-19. But Georgia is failing to use those weapons effectively, a new GHN Commentary argues. Dr. Harry Heiman, a public health expert at Georgia State University, says that with so many Covid outbreaks in schools, “all kindergarten... Read more
A Covid crisis that was not inevitable
By Dr. Harry J. Heiman Our current crisis was not inevitable. Eighteen months ago we faced the collective challenge of a global pandemic the likes of which we had never seen. This required a tremendous learning curve in the understanding and response by a public health workforce that had... Read more
School-aged children at center of latest Covid surge in state
About 60 percent of current Covid outbreaks in Georgia are occurring in K-12 schools across the state, public health officials said Tuesday. That’s seven times more than the child outbreaks in previous virus surges, Cherie Drenzek, the state epidemiologist, told the board of the Department of Public Health. Cases,... Read more
How is Georgia managing Medicaid managed care?
By Rebecca Grapevine and Andy Miller Just before Frank Berry left his job as head of Georgia’s Medicaid agency this summer, he said the state “will be looking for the best bang for the buck” in its upcoming contract with private insurers to cover the state’s most vulnerable. But... Read more

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