Foundation steps in to help CDC fight coronavirus
The CDC Foundation has launched an emergency response fund to help the CDC address the novel coronavirus, a respiratory illness that has sickened more than 6,000 people in China and reached the United States and other countries. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has contributed $1 million to kick off... Read more
Digging up soil and trees: Atlanta lead cleanup begins
Work teams using heavy equipment began digging up soil contaminated with lead from an empty lot in west Atlanta on Monday morning. It’s the start of an Environmental Protection Agency cleanup action that will take months to complete. Targeting a neighborhood near Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the EPA has found unsafe levels of... Read more
Health care budget cuts raise alarm as waiver plan draws criticism
Gov. Brian Kemp’s tough budget plan spares two giant health care programs from cuts: Medicaid, and the Georgia health plan covering teachers and state employees. But in a Thursday hearing, state lawmakers were briefed on funding cuts in other state health programs, including behavioral health services and physician training programs. State... Read more
Why does telehealth fail to catch on in some schools?
By Crysta Jones and Andy Miller Habersham County has a high uninsured rate, with 12 percent of its children lacking health coverage. The mountainous northeast Georgia county also has a low number of primary care physicians and mental health providers. For those reasons and others, a school-based telemedicine program... Read more
Chemical group testing 7 Georgia locations for ethylene oxide
A powerful trade association representing the chemical industry is testing the air in seven Georgia locations to measure ethylene oxide, a toxic gas used for sterilizing medical supplies. “These sites were selected to get a broad range of data on background levels of across differing environments,” said... Read more

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