South has high rate of unreported COVID deaths, study says
Story updated Southern states have higher rates of unreported COVID-related deaths than other regions of the country, according to a new study. The study, led by Andrew Stokes, a professor of global health at Boston University School of Public Health, analyzed deaths in 787 U.S. counties that had more... Read more
How do the elderly who are homebound get COVID shots?
For Georgia seniors, the COVID vaccine rollout has been rocky at best. Yet an increasing number of people 65 and older living in the community and in long-term care facilities now are receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. But what about the elderly who are homebound? Right now, Georgia public health officials are... Read more
Task gets tougher for contact tracers amid rapid COVID spread
With COVID-19 cases spiking, it’s basically impossible for the state’s contact tracers to reach the burgeoning number of people potentially exposed to the disease. That’s the assessment of the state agency running the program. “With new cases hovering around 10,000 daily, it is not possible to keep up with... Read more
Georgia hospitals feel strain of COVID surge, expect it to continue
Georgia recorded its third straight day of high numbers of COVID deaths, with the 142 reported Thursday bringing the state’s three-day total to 424. The new figure neared Tuesday’s record number of 145. The medical strain from the post-holiday COVID surge, meanwhile, is being felt in hospitals across the... Read more
Vaccination problems worse in states seen as vulnerable to COVID
By Brenda Goodman and Andy Miller Brenda Goodman is a senior news writer for WebMD. Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News. It felt like Christmas when “Santa Rick” Rosenthal, who runs Northern Lights Santa Academy in Atlanta, snagged a rare slot to receive one of... Read more

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