Georgia Chamber chief defends reopening plan

The criticism of Brian Kemp’s handling of the crisis misses the fact that bars and nightclubs, gyms and fitness centers, dine-in services at restaurants, theaters, bowling alleys and the close-contact personal care shops are the only businesses the governor shut down to discourage the spread of COVID-19, said Chris Clark, president and CEO of the…

Hospitals in southern suburbs overwhelmed with patients, doctor says

Hospitals that serve Clayton, Henry and Fayette counties are already overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, according to a doctor who addressed the Forest Park City Council at a March 30 special called meeting. Read the full article: Clayton News Daily

Clayton County reports first COVID-19 case

The Clayton County Health District reported its first case of COVID-19 as of Sunday just before noon. The total number of reported cases stood at two by mid-afternoon, with a third individual being watched, according to the Clayton County Health District. Read the full article: Clayton News-Daily

Regulating e-scooters a tough challenge for Georgia lawmakers

Electric scooters started showing up on city streets and college campuses in Georgia a year and a half ago, but the General Assembly has yet to figure out how to regulate them. A state Senate study committee has released a report recently on how to approach the issue that is expected to become the starting…

Clayton County first responders attend suicide prevention training

Police, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, 911 operators: all face death, cruelty, violence, hopelessness every day. They are five times more likely to develop signs of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression than are non-first responders. Many fear they will be seen as weak or lose their jobs if they say anything.  To fight that stigma, first responders…

Clayton Co. commissioners OK health benefits package

Human Resources Director Pamela Ambles had repeatedly come before the Clayton Board of Commissioners to present a package she said reflected the desires of county employees. Ambles recommended that Blue Cross Blue Shield replace Aetna as the county’s health insurance provider, while keeping Kaiser as the county’s HMO option “despite a 6.95 percent increase” because…

New state unit to prosecute human trafficking

Governor Brian P. Kemp says the Georgia Department of Law will now include a Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit. Read the full article: Clayton News Daily 

Southern Regional opens senior behavioral health unit

The secure unit offers 16 beds to provide care for older adults who are “experiencing mental health issues that require care beyond outpatient treatment,” said Kimberly Golden-Benner, SRMC communication director. Read the full article: Clayton News Daily