Flowery Branch seeking to extend COVID emergency
Flowery Branch is looking to extend a local state of emergency from Feb. 7 to March 9 as COVID-19 “continues to pose a serious risk of severe illness or even death for many people.” The City Council voted Jan. 7 to declare a state of emergency until Feb. 6. Read... Read more
Georgia lawmakers may consider surprise billing revisions
Potentially on the docket could be a follow-up to House Bill 888, legislation concerning “surprise billing.” The bill was introduced by Rep. Lee Hawkins, R-Gainesville, in February 2020. Under the bill, which took effect Jan. 1, a patient seeking services at an in-network facility would be charged the in-network... Read more
‘It’s exhausting’: Gainesville resident physician reflects on COVID challenges
Dr. Sameena Salcin has begun her career as a resident physician at Northeast Georgia Medical Center with “a year full of challenges,” she said, as she has been admitting five or six COVID-19 patients per shift as the pandemic continues through its ninth month. “The mental, emotional and physical drain... Read more
Northeast Georgia reaches another peak in COVID patients
The Northeast Georgia Health System is treating 265 COVID-19 patients as of Dec. 14. The total up 15 from the previous day and 60 from a week ago. The health system has rolled out cots into an overflow space that should be available starting this week. Read the full article:... Read more
Cots being set up in gym as Northeast Georgia filling up with COVID patients
At the health system’s Braselton and Barrow hospitals, no beds were open Wednesday. Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville had 24 available beds, with only one bed in the intensive care unit available and another 100 occupied. Read the full article: Gainesville Times  Read more

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