Public Health measure, in diminished form, clears Senate panel
A state Senate committee passed a much pared-down version of legislation that would have restructured the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). Senate Bill 256 went from 32 pages to two in its latest version, which received unanimous approval from the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday.... Read more
Newly approved vaccine, with its one-shot convenience, may help ease people’s reluctance
Now that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is heading to Georgia and other states, will it reduce the number of people who are hesitant about getting a COVID-19 shot? A recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey suggests that J&J’s new single-dose vaccine will make a difference in public attitudes. The... Read more
Kemp adds educators, other groups to COVID vaccination list
Gov. Brian Kemp, as expected, is adding educators to the state’s COVID vaccine priority list. But the governor also is expanding eligibility for other groups: adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers; and parents of children with complex medical conditions. They will join K-12 educators and staff... Read more
How COVID and poverty have ravaged rural Georgia
It’s not just the actual infections that have altered the medical landscape in Cook County. The COVID-19 pandemic has produced many more people with depression and anxiety, says Dr. Jairaj Goberdhan, a family physician in the South Georgia county. “I have written more prescriptions for that,’’ he says, adding,... Read more
CDC study of COVID in Marietta schools supports case for vaccinating teachers
A CDC study of COVID cases in Marietta City Schools, whose results were published Monday, found that educators played a major role in recent school outbreaks there. The researchers concluded that vaccinations of teachers, along with school mitigation measures, “is a critical component of preventing in-school transmission.’’ Vaccination of... Read more

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