Nursing home exec: COVID ‘dramatically reshaping our business’
By Max Blau Nursing homes have become a constant battleground during the COVID-19 epidemic — in Georgia, around the nation and in several other countries. Nearly half of Georgia’s 2,784 deaths have come from long-term care facilities, a percentage that’s mirrored in national statistics. In mid-March, as COVID-19 quickly... Read more
Milledgeville nursing homes fuel city’s high COVID death rate
Story updated A former capital city of Georgia, once known for its sprawling state mental hospital as well as its historic sites, now has other care facilities in the spotlight. A New York Times data analysis this week lists Milledgeville, in Middle Georgia’s Baldwin County, as having the highest... Read more
Georgia gets promising COVID drug; pediatric patients in Atlanta studied for virus link
Story updated Georgia has received a federal shipment of a promising drug to treat seriously ill COVID-19 patients, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Tuesday. “We have received 30 cases with 40 vials of the drug per case, and we will be working with officials in the Department of Public Health... Read more
What the soldiers saw after virus hit rural nursing home
Of Georgia’s more than 1,100 COVID-19 deaths, 12% are from long-term care facilities in a region that holds just 3% of the state’s population. As the state reopens, staff know that risks of exposure will only increase. By Max Blau This article was produced in partnership with ProPublica. Georgia... Read more
Long-term care deaths amount to one-third of Georgia’s COVID-19 total
State officials report that 250 residents of Georgia long-term care facilities have died from COVID-19. The report, released Friday, also says that more than 1,600 residents have contracted the disease within more than 200 facilities. More than 800 employees have also fallen ill. Deaths in long-term care represent more... Read more

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