Task gets tougher for contact tracers amid rapid COVID spread
With COVID-19 cases spiking, it’s basically impossible for the state’s contact tracers to reach the burgeoning number of people potentially exposed to the disease. That’s the assessment of the state agency running the program. “With new cases hovering around 10,000 daily, it is not possible to keep up with... Read more
Georgia hospitals feel strain of COVID surge, expect it to continue
Georgia recorded its third straight day of high numbers of COVID deaths, with the 142 reported Thursday bringing the state’s three-day total to 424. The new figure neared Tuesday’s record number of 145. The medical strain from the post-holiday COVID surge, meanwhile, is being felt in hospitals across the... Read more
Georgia hits daily record on COVID-19 deaths; Kemp voices frustration on vaccine situation
Georgia reported 145 COVID-related deaths Tuesday, the state’s highest single-day total recorded since the pandemic began. More than 9,000 new infections were also reported Tuesday, along with 435 new hospitalizations. The overall number of COVID hospitalizations currently has hit 5,700, continuing its steady, record-breaking climb. These grim statistics coincide... Read more
Georgia grapples with low COVID shot rate, overwhelming demand
Georgia’s worst-in-the-nation status for COVID vaccination rate is a glaring hole in the state’s fight against the disease. Some hospital officials are pointing to trouble inputting data into the state immunization registry about shots that have been given. Gov. Brian Kemp has talked about “a significant underreporting’’ of how... Read more
Hospitals in every region struggle to cope with COVID-19 spike
A Georgia town’s current status as a COVID hot spot has left its mark on the local hospital. Dublin, in Middle Georgia, is now listed as No. 7 among U.S. metro areas in per capita rate of COVID-19 infections over the past two weeks, according to the New York... Read more

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