Amid criticism, state points to improvements in some COVID statistics 
Public Health officials released information Friday about what the state agency called positive indicators on COVID-19 in Georgia. They include lower numbers of cases over the past week and decreasing COVID-19 hospitalizations statewide. And the percentage of tests coming back positive has dipped below 10 percent, the Department of... Read more
Rural hospital plans October closure; COVID was the last straw
The financial blow from COVID-19 has helped force the closure of a rural hospital in Georgia. Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center was facing financial challenges even before the pandemic struck, and Randolph County, where it is located, has among the highest per-capita infection rates in the state. “It has become... Read more
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
Considerable action on health bills puts cap on interrupted session
State Rep. David Knight had a triumphant look Friday when talking about his quest for more oversight and restrictions on the PBM industry. Pharmacy Benefit Managers are basically corporate middlemen between health insurers or large employers and drugmakers in handling pharmaceutical benefits. The Georgia General Assembly approved a group... 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

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