Bill to allow visitors in hospitals, nursing homes is pared down, but still sparks emotional debate
A Georgia House committee held a passionate debate Thursday over a pared-down bill to allow people to visit patients in hospitals and long-term care facilities during a public health emergency. The nation is currently in the midst of such an emergency — the COVID-19 pandemic. The original version of... Read more
Will Georgia ease rules for visitors in long-term care facilities?
At first, Gail Manter thought the pandemic wouldn’t last long, and that she’d be able to see her husband, Tom, sooner rather than later. But the COVID-19 crisis in this country has now dragged on for 11 months. And instead of visiting Tom, 73, almost every day at his... Read more
Kids’ COVID cases rising; more vaccine on the way
Georgia’s recent spike in COVID-19 cases includes a comparable rise in the number of children getting the disease. “These aren’t necessarily cases linked to a setting, but rather cases among children who are in these age groups,’’ said Amber Schmidtke, who tracks Georgia COVID trends in the Daily Digest.... Read more
Nursing home exec’s loophole may haunt Georgia
He wanted to fix rural America’s broken nursing homes. Now, taxpayers may be on the hook for $76 million. By Max Blau This article was produced in partnership with ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Georgia Health News is a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting... Read more
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

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