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
Health advocates continue fight against cigar bar proposal
A Black health organization is speaking out against Augusta’s proposal to make an exception to the city smoke-free ordinance to allow cigar bars. “All business isn’t necessarily good business, and this is not the time to strip away the effectiveness of the current language in the comprehensive smoke-free air law,”... Read more
University Hospital board could approve Piedmont deal next week
University Hospital and Piedmont Healthcare are close to having a definitive agreement that University’s board could review and approve next week, although the deal still faces state and federal scrutiny. Read the full article: Augusta Chronicle  Read more
Health insurance coverage gaps haunt vulnerable patients
Susan Marsh is in her own battle now: her third fight against ovarian cancer in less than four years. But she’s caught in a loophole that leaves her without the financial aid she and her husband need for Susan’s costly treatment. Read the full article: Augusta Chronicle  Read more

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