No break from Covid: Metro Atlanta medical officials urge vaccinations
A 70-year-old man recently entered a metro Atlanta hospital after a fall. He subsequently tested positive for Covid. So did his daughter, who drove him to the hospital. Eight other family members also tested positive. Three of the 10 died, said Dr. Danny Branstetter, medical director of infection prevention... Read more
How a powerful company persuaded Georgia to let it bury toxic waste in groundwater
By Max Blau ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Max Blau is an Atlanta-based ProPublica reporter who previously worked in partnership with Georgia Health News on a series of articles on coal ash. For the past several years, Georgia Power has gone to great lengths... Read more
Covid vaccination rates among young children lag in Georgia, South
By Rachana Pradhan, Hannah Recht and Andy Miller Two months after Pfizer’s Covid vaccine was authorized for children ages 5 to 11, just 27% have received at least one shot, according to Jan. 12 CDC data. Only 18%, or 5 million kids, have both doses, Kaiser Health News reported. In Georgia, as well... Read more
‘Incidental’ cases, shortages of staff make Covid-19’s new act tough for hospitals
By Lauren Weber, Phil Galewitz and Andy Miller The Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida, on Jan. 11 was treating 80 Covid-19 patients — a tenfold increase since late December. Nearly half were admitted for other medical reasons. The surge driven by the extremely infectious Omicron variant helped push the... Read more
State running ‘hotel’ for some vulnerable Covid patients in metro area
As the latest Covid surge intensifies, state Public Health officials are running an “isolation hotel’’ for virus patients who are homeless or in living situations where disease spread is more likely. State health officials said Wednesday that the metro Atlanta facility, which was not identified, has capacity for 50... Read more

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