‘Are you going to keep me safe?’ Violence against hospital workers rising
By Bram Sable-Smith and Andy Miller The San Leandro Hospital emergency department, where nurse Mawata Kamara works, went into lockdown recently when a visitor, agitated about being barred from seeing a patient due to covid-19 restrictions, threatened to bring a gun to the California facility. It wasn’t the first... Read more
Commentary: Georgia weak on doctor oversight
Georgia is at the bottom in the rate of “serious actions” taken against physicians by state medical boards, according to Public Citizen. And that’s a problem, argues Jack Bernard in a new GHN Commentary. “Georgia is not monitoring its physician quality-of-care problems as well as Kentucky,” which is the... Read more
Covid surge eases slightly, but swamped hospitals see no relief
The state’s Covid cases and hospitalizations have dipped over the past week, Georgia health officials have reported. But that drop isn’t relieving the pressure on the front lines of hospitals — both smaller facilities and large urban centers. Take Appling Healthcare, which operates a rural hospital of 34 beds... 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
Commentary: Require masks, promote vaccination
More than half of all Georgia public school students are now required to wear masks in class, the Associated Press reported recently. One physician organization would like to see mask requirements extended to more schools – and to other settings. In a new GHN Commentary, the president of the... Read more

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