Bars and COVID-19: Can safety guidelines work?

Feature Aug 6, 2020 0

A required 10 p.m. cutoff for serving alcohol in bars has put Georgia’s best-known college town in the cross-hairs of a COVID-19 debate. Should states or local governments shut down bars to curb the coronavirus surge? Short of that,... Read more

The complicated world of contact tracing

Feature Aug 2, 2020 0

By Madeline Laguaite Many students choose to take it easy during their summer break.... Read more

Deaths of Despair: Exploring county data

Feature Jul 27, 2020 0

Deaths of Despair is a term that describes fatalities from alcohol and drugs as... Read more
Record daily number of COVID-19 deaths reported in Georgia

Georgia reported Friday what appears to be the highest single-day total of deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

The 92 fatalities weren’t a sudden spike, but continue a daily trend of high numbers of deaths since late July.

The state reported 94 deaths on April 20, but now the number of fatalities for that date on a Public Health chart appears to be adjusted downward, and stands at 78.

The state Department ...

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Kemp vetoes bill to increase oversight of health care contracts

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Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday vetoed a bill that aimed to bring more transparency and accountability to contractors for state health care plans.

House Bill 991 would have allowed a newly formed committee to examine records related to health care contractors for the state and compel the Department of Community Health to respond to questions about these contracts.

Kemp, in his veto statement, ...

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State reaches 200,000 COVID-19 case mark; county hot spots remain 

Georgia has passed the 200,000 mark in COVID-19 cases and is close to exceeding 4,000 deaths from the virus.

The state Department of Public Health, in its Wednesday report, said that COVID-19 cases increased by 3,817 in the past day to reach 201,713, less than one month after the state hit the milestone of 100,000 cases. The new figure is the fifth-highest cumulative COVID-19 case count in ...

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Amid pandemic, state’s mental health agency has extensive layoffs

Budget cuts due to the COVID-19 economic crisis have led the state’s mental health agency to lay off 200 employees.

The jobs included positions in each of the state-run hospitals, regional field offices, and central office. The layoffs are part of a $123 million budget reduction for the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD).

“Important actions to protect the health and safety of Georgia’s citizens ...

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Federal push for faster, cheaper COVID-19 tests
Could technology finally solve the testing woes that have hobbled the nation’s ability to fight the pandemic? The National...
COVID-19 isn’t our only viral worry
By Marguerite Schauer COVID-19 has prompted a search for lessons learned from past pandemics. Many writers have examined the...
Trump’s plan on pharmaceuticals needs support
I support President Trump’s recently signed four pharmaceutical-related executive orders, especially his initiative to tie the Medicare Part B...
Help those populations hit hardest by the pandemic
By Dr. Harry J. Heiman and Rodney Lyn It is now clear that COVID-19 is not an equal opportunity...
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