Health experts urge stronger COVID measures; new strain appears in state
With Georgia topping 5,000 current hospitalizations for COVID-19, public health experts are calling for more state restrictions to curb the virus surge. Yet another ominous factor popped up Tuesday: Georgia Public Health officials reported the state’s first case of the more contagious COVID-19 variant discovered in Britain last month... Read more
Oconee County teachers worried about school policy amid virus spread
With COVID raging in Georgia, school districts across the state have faced tough decisions on how to handle instruction as the semester begins this week. Hall County schools, for example, are starting out the semester this week with virtual-only classes. But in Oconee County, also in northeast Georgia, kids... Read more
As vaccine strategy adjusted, onslaught of COVID continues in state
On the last day of 2020, Augusta University Medical Center was swamped with very sick COVID patients. Sixteen were waiting Thursday in the ER to be moved to ICU beds, but no such beds were available. And other hospitals were filled up as well, said Dr. Phillip Coule, vice... Read more
Georgia vaccination an epic undertaking; seniors, police added to top priority group
Story updated Vials of COVID-19 vaccine have been arriving at medical facilities across Georgia over the past two weeks. But the inoculation process itself has not always gone smoothly here, with logistical challenges and even some ethical concerns, according to health care providers. Still, physicians and medical organizations contacted... Read more
As COVID numbers surge, Atlanta field hospital reopening its doors
By Scott Trubey and Andy Miller The reactivation of the field hospital in the Georgia World Congress Center this week is a sign of how health facilities are struggling as the state’s number of COVID-19 patients continues to soar. The facility in the Atlanta downtown convention center opened and... Read more

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