Phoebe Putney sees more deaths, reports lack of cooperation by some hospitals
An Albany hospital inundated with COVID-19 patients said Tuesday that it is “quickly reaching a critical mass,’’ and that some other hospitals are refusing to accept its transfer patients who don’t have the virus. Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital also reported three more COVID-19-related deaths Tuesday, bringing the hospital’s total... Read more
Kemp shuts bars, clubs, orders restrictions for medically fragile; 2 more die at Phoebe Putney
Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday ordered the shutdown of bars and nightclubs in Georgia, and required medically fragile individuals, including those in long-term care facilities, to “shelter in place.’’ The governor said he is also banning gatherings of 10 or more people ‘‘unless you can maintain at least six... Read more
Marietta case shows long-term care facilities may be in coronavirus crosshairs
By Max Blau and Andy Miller Story updated with Gov. Kemp’s remarks As Georgia braces for an expected surge in COVID-19 cases, long-term care providers face a crucial challenge of containing a potential disease spread among older and frail patients. Five long-term care facilities in Georgia have so far reported... Read more
Commentary: Remember the clinics filling the gap
Medical clinics serving poor and uninsured Georgians are dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. For them, it’s just the latest challenge. These charitable clinics serve the most vulnerable patients for free or a sliding-scale fee. In a new GHN Commentary, the board chair of the Georgia Charitable Care Network says... Read more
Coronavirus: Rising toll, relaxed rules, and questions on CDC role
Story updated Dr. Tom Frieden, a former director of the CDC, said Sunday that he would feel “a lot safer’’ if he saw the Atlanta-based public health agency playing a more prominent role in the federal task force against COVID-19. “The CDC is the nation’s leading protection agency,” Frieden... Read more

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