Valdosta hospital reaches new high in COVID-19 patients
South Georgia Medical Center broke a COVID-19 record Sunday. The hospital reported its highest total of COVID-19 patients — 73 — since the pandemic began. This new total tops the previous record of 72. SGMC has hovered around 70 patients during the past two weeks, according to its daily report.... Read more
Georgia disabilities system underfunded
The state of Georgia has been criticized for its treatment of intellectual and developmentally disabled residents including a lawsuit filed against it by the U.S. Department of Justice. Families struggling to care for disabled relatives say the system is nearly impossible to navigate and parents wait years — even... Read more
Georgia surpasses 3,000 COVID-19 deaths on Sunday
Georgia topped a somber number Sunday, reporting 3,001 total deaths from COVID-19.  It added 2,525 new cases on the same day. As of Sunday, the Peach State has had 116,926 confirmed coronavirus cases. Read the full article: Valdosta Daily Times  Read more
Toomey warns of drug overdose increase amid pandemic
Emergency departments are seeing an increase in suspected drug-overdoses throughout Georgia, leading officials to believe COVID-19 is magnifying the state’s opioid epidemic. In a June 19 memo to agency partners, Dr. Kathleen Toomey, commissioner of the Department of Public Health, said she was alerting them to be “vigilant about any... Read more
Lowndes see big jump in COVID-19 cases
Lowndes County experienced its second highest spike in COVID-19 cases in 24 hours Friday. Thirty-six more cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Lowndes County, according to the Friday update of the Georgia Department of Public Health daily status report. Read the full article: Valdosta Daily Times  Read more

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