State health employees reluctant to get vaccine
While the state’s top health agency leads the COVID-19 pandemic response, its employees have been reluctant to get the vaccine. Dr. Kathleen Toomey, commissioner of the Department of Public Health told lawmakers Thursday that vaccine reluctance is widespread and an issue the state is facing in hospitals as well as... Read more
State Senate leader tests positive for COVID-19
Senate Majority Leader Mike Dugan announced on social media he received positive test results for COVID-19 on the first day of the 2021 legislative session. Georgia General Assembly members are required to be tested twice-weekly during the course of the session as part of the efforts to contain a possible... Read more
Valdosta health system preps for insurance change with Anthem
A tiered insurance package by Anthem will no longer be in network with South Georgia Medical Center and hospitals in surrounding counties.  SGMC officials said the departure of the Pathways insurance package will affect the Lowndes, Berrien and Lanier counties. Ronnie Dean, SGMC chief executive officer, told the Hospital Authority of Valdosta-Lowndes... Read more
CDC recommends health workers, high-risk adults, elderly get first vaccine shots
With multiple COVID-19 vaccines said to be on the horizon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends health care workers, adults with high-risk medical conditions and the elderly be prioritized for initial vaccinations. As the coronavirus pandemic intensifies, federal and state officials are up against the challenge of distributing... Read more
South Georgia teacher returns home after 3-month COVID infection
Family, friends and family friends stood outside of South Georgia Medical Center with signs emblazoned with “#JennaStrong,” “Faith over Fear,” “We love you.” They were waiting for Jenna Bolling, a 32-year-old mother and Lakeland first-grade teacher, to come out of the hospital for the first time in three months after... Read more

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