Amid pandemic, ethylene oxide makes comeback in Georgia

Feature Jun 2, 2020 1

Once again, the kids at Benjamin Preparatory School can’t go outside for recess. The school, which serves infants to second-graders, is keeping the kids indoors because a toxic gas, ethylene oxide, is once again being used to sterilize medical... Read more

Commentary: Fix hospital business models before next crisis Hot

Feature May 26, 2020 1

By Dr. Angel R. Leon As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in the U.S.,... Read more

Living with anxiety amid fallout from a pandemic

Feature May 16, 2020 2

By Naomi Thomas and Andy Miller Becca loved her job in the travel-and-tourism industry,... Read more
Personal blog: The mask is still a good idea

I was adjusting my face covering when I entered the pizza shop.

“You don’t need that,’’ a loud male voice said to me from behind the counter. “You’re not going to die.’’

This sarcastic restaurant worker was not wearing a mask himself, of course, and neither was the cashier. They were not wearing gloves, for that matter.

I was the only customer in the place, just stopping by to get a takeout pizza, but I certainly wasn’t going to shed my mask. I’m in an age group where I don’t want to test the odds of ...

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Kemp links COVID jump to lab backlog, lifts more state restrictions

Georgia’s recent uptick in COVID-19 cases was due to a backlog of test results being released in a two-day period, Gov. Brian Kemp said Thursday.

“We feel that is a reason for the spike in the cases,’’ Kemp told reporters at a press conference at the state Capitol. Overall, he said, “nothing in the [COVID] data that we’re seeing right now alarms us.’’

The governor, speaking about a month after he made national news by announcing Georgia’s reopening, relaxed more restrictions on businesses and other organizations Thursday. Bars and nightclubs can open if they meet certain ...

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Milledgeville nursing homes fuel city’s high COVID death rate

Story updated

A former capital city of Georgia, once known for its sprawling state mental hospital as well as its historic sites, now has other care facilities in the spotlight.

A New York Times data analysis this week lists Milledgeville, in Middle Georgia’s Baldwin County, as having the highest COVID-19 death rate among metro areas in the nation over the past two weeks. The chart by the Times also notes “Still Growing’’ next to the Milledgeville figures.

Baldwin County’s deputy coroner, Ken Garland, on Tuesday pointed to recent deaths occurring at two nursing homes ...

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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 plans of just a few months ago have been overturned by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) last week outlined $172 million in budget reductions for the upcoming fiscal year. The recommendations come as state ...

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IRS lets workers change health plans if employer agrees
You may find yourself in a high-priced health plan you can no longer afford because of a temporary pay...
Georgia’s COVID-19 reporting needs a major reboot
By Aaron D. Levine The national media have latched on to a recent Georgia Department of Public Health (GaDPH)...
This crisis is hard on our mental health 
By Jack Bernard and Dr. Doug Skelton Government policies on “lockdown” and “reopening” are controversial, sometimes political. But however one feels about...
Georgia is probably reopening too soon
By Dr. George Leach Gov. Brian Kemp announced last week initial steps aimed at reopening Georgia’s economy.  Beginning last...
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The 2nd place Health Policy Award by the Association of Health Care Journalists' Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism goes to "Deprived of Care: When ERs Break the Law" by Brenda Goodman and Andy Miller of WebMD and Georgia Health News.

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