Early data show average age of Georgia deaths from virus much lower than global figure
The average age of death from the coronavirus is 80, the U.S. surgeon general said earlier this month. Dr. Jerome Adams apparently was referring to the global average. The latest statistics here in Georgia, though, show the average age of death from COVID-19 is 68. Though there are exceptions,... Read more
Southwest Georgia hospital treating wave of COVID-19 patients
The new coronavirus has struck a southwest Georgia hospital with hurricane-like force. Just hours after Gov. Brian Kemp declared a public health emergency Saturday over the virus, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital officials were notified that seven of its patients tested positive for COVID-19. The Albany hospital already had been... Read more
From a scare in Shanghai to a quarantine in Georgia
By Jillian Tracy, Madeline Laguaite, Brittany Carter and Andi Clements Before traveling to China in late January, Holly Bik and her husband watched countless news reports and read as much as they could about the novel coronavirus, which had been detected in the country a few weeks earlier. Bik’s... Read more
How a family learned the pain of surprise billing
Lelia Stina had to act fast when her 4-year-old son, Liam, developed severe breathing problems last August. First she took him to an urgent care center in Rome, but it was a Sunday night and the center was closed. So she drove to Redmond Regional Medical Center, a hospital... Read more
PBMs: Power brokers in the prescription drug world
A recent legislative hearing in Atlanta featured a stream of PBM critics. South Georgia pharmacist Nikki Bryant said PBMs are putting her out of business. Cancer patient Katie Groover said they have “exhausting” bureaucratic processes that “take away patient choice.’’ Dr. Melissa Dillmon, a Rome oncologist, said PBMs often cause... Read more

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