Mounting deaths fuel school bus drivers’ Covid fears
By Andy Miller and Phil Galewitz Natalia D’Angelo got sick right after school started in August. She was driving a school bus for special education students in Griffin-Spalding County School System about 40 miles south of Atlanta and contracted Covid-19. One of her three sons, Julian Rodriguez-D’Angelo, said his... Read more
School-aged children at center of latest Covid surge in state
About 60 percent of current Covid outbreaks in Georgia are occurring in K-12 schools across the state, public health officials said Tuesday. That’s seven times more than the child outbreaks in previous virus surges, Cherie Drenzek, the state epidemiologist, told the board of the Department of Public Health. Cases,... Read more
Georgia’s vaccine rate rises amid COVID spike; incentives coming?
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article reflected figures from another news organization that have since been revised. As the Delta variant drives a relentless COVID-19 surge, Georgia’s vaccination rate has picked up steam. A Washington Post analysis, based on CDC data, reported Tuesday that the state’s rate... Read more
Commentary: Child obesity an urgent issue
Childhood obesity was a concern in Georgia even before the pandemic. It undoubtedly got worse after COVID-19 hit, as children and teenagers shifted into more sedentary behavior. In a new GHN Commentary, Jennifer Owens of HealthMPowers and Debbie Kibbe of the Georgia Health Policy Center emphasize that the state... Read more
What’s preventing Georgia Medicaid kids getting referrals to care?
Compared with other states, Georgia has a stunningly low rate of referring poor children to specialty services under Medicaid, according to a recently released report. The health screenings of Medicaid kids and the subsequent “corrective treatments’’ are required under the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) program.... Read more

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