Milledgeville nursing homes fuel city’s high COVID death rate
A former capital city of Georgia, once known for its sprawling state mental hospital as well as its historic sites, now has other care facilities in the spotlight. A New York Times data analysis this week lists Milledgeville, in Middle Georgia’s Baldwin County, as having the highest COVID-19 death... Read more
Budget cuts for mental health, disabilities alarm patient advocates
“The safety net is stretched to the max.’’ Judy Fitzgerald, commissioner of the agency that oversees mental health and substance abuse services, gave that stark assessment in January to state legislators who were considering budget cuts to her department. Now, even deeper cuts are on the table. Georgia’s budget... Read more
Commentary: Virus data reporting needs a reboot
Media questions about Georgia Public Health’s data on COVID-19 came fast and hard at Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday. Kemp said that he has ordered a review of how the state is reporting coronavirus figures, and he asked the public to have patience with health officials after a string of... Read more
Financial pain from COVID hits state health agencies, hospitals
Besides its deepening medical toll, COVID-19 is taking sizable chunks out of the budgets of hospital systems and government health programs in Georgia. Hospitals have lost surgical, diagnostic and outpatient revenue during the pandemic, and industry leaders say recent federal grant funding has not been enough to offset those losses.... Read more
Workers sue over ethylene oxide exposure at Cobb warehouse
This story is jointly reported by Brenda Goodman of WebMD and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News One of Alexandria Pittman’s jobs at ConMed in Lithia Springs had her working near a dock where trucks would unload boxes of freshly sterilized medical supplies. Those supplies had been sterilized with... Read more

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