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Hotel OK’d to reopen after cleanup in wake of Legionnaires’ outbreak

The Sheraton Atlanta Hotel has been cleared to reopen after corrections were made to its water distribution system, public health officials said Thursday.

It’s not known when the hotel will actually open to the public. A spokeswoman for the Sheraton said the hotel should have an update sometime Thursday, 11Alive reported.

Environmental tests identified Legionella bacteria in the Sheraton Atlanta’s cooling tower and in a hotel atrium fountain, which were included in the remediation, the Department of Public Health said.

As of Thursday, there have been 13 confirmed case of Legionnaires’ disease, including one death, ...

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Air testing for ethylene oxide about to ramp up in metro Atlanta

Brenda Goodman is a senior news writer for WebMD. Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News.

Editor’s note: This story was updated Aug. 16 with additional details about the state’s plan to conduct air tests for ethylene oxide.

Metro Atlanta communities are moving forward with plans to test air around two sterilizing facilities amid public pressure and concern about toxic pollution releases in those areas.

The Cobb County Commission on Tuesday approved funding for independent testing around the Sterigenics facility in Smyrna. The commission is awaiting decisions by the Smyrna City Council and possibly the Atlanta ...

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Insurance chief seeks to clean house at Underwriting Association

Georgia’s new insurance commissioner, John F. King, called Monday for the resignation of all board members of the Georgia Underwriting Association in the wake of the indictment of Jim Beck, the agency’s former chief.

Beck faces trial over a 38-count indictment, which contains allegations that stem from Beck’s tenure as general manager of operations for the Georgia Underwriting Association.

The indictment alleges Beck stole more than $2 million from the GUA through ‘’an elaborate invoicing scheme,’’ according to BJay Pak, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.

According to the indictment, the scheme went on for five years and lasted until ...

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Health plan won’t raise rates next year for teachers, state employees

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Georgia teachers and state employees got good news Thursday about their health care benefits.

Monthly premiums, deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance will be the same in 2020 as they are this year, state officials announced.

It’s the second straight time that these health benefit costs will remain the same from one year to the next for non-Medicare members.

The State Health Benefit Plan, with a budget of more than $3 billion, covers about 660,000 state employees, teachers, other school personnel, retirees and dependents.

The benefit offerings – from HMO through high-deductible health plan – will also stay the same. UnitedHealthcare, Anthem and Kaiser Permanente ...

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