Columbia County schools end mask requirement
The Columbia County School District has announced that students and staff will no longer be required to wear masks. The decision was made at the Board of Education meeting Tuesday night. The district’s mask mandate in schools and on buses is no longer in effect as of Sept. 29 after a steady... Read more
Flu season brings new fears of ‘twindemic’
With the onset of autumn and COVID-19 waning across Georgia and South Carolina, some now turn their thoughts to flu. Hospitals that are now seeing levels finally go down are hoping it bottoms out before it collides with what is likely to be a reinvigorated flu season, causing what some call a... Read more
Grant helps food stamp recipients buy produce
The gap between what is paid in SNAP benefits and the tokens shoppers receive is picked up by Augusta Locally Grown’s partner, Wholesome Wave Georgia, which runs similar programs across the state. Read the full article: Augusta Chronicle Read more
Augusta commission votes to allow cigar bars
Cigar smoking will soon be permitted in certain Augusta venues. The changes create an exception to Augusta’s smoke-free ordinance, which banned smoking in all indoor public places. All efforts to limit the ordinance have been roundly criticized by doctors and other health officials, including at Tuesday’s meeting. Read the full article:... Read more
Delta variant now mutating across Augusta area
In a month, the number of offshoots from the Delta variant that causes COVID-19 have sprung up rapidly among the largely unvaccinated population in Augusta. It’s creating concerns that a different disease than the original infection will arise and could lead to adaptations that evade vaccines and treatments, the director... Read more

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