State sending more help to embattled Phoebe Putney in Albany
State officials say they will send a National Guard medical support team to help an Albany hospital deal with its deluge of COVID-19 patients. That will help the already stretched medical staff deal with the constant flow of area residents with symptoms of coronavirus. “Patients keep coming every day,’’... Read more
State COVID-19 toll jumps within hours; sterilizing facilities get regulatory break
In just seven hours, the state toll from coronavirus jumped significantly. As of 7 p.m. Wednesday, 47 Georgians had died from coronavirus, up from 40 reported at noon. The total number of cases increased from 1,247 to 1,387 over that time. The death rate from confirmed cases in Georgia... Read more
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

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