Georgia Tech model predicts jump in COVID cases, deaths
A new COVID-19 model from Georgia Tech projects increases of thousands of cases and deaths in the state by mid-August. The university’s Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems and Health Analytics Group say that depending on how much the public follows physical distancing measures in the coming weeks, Georgia’s... Read more
Pandemic pushing Medicaid numbers higher as many lose work
Georgia data indicate that the economic crisis caused by the pandemic has begun to have an effect on enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. As COVID-19 ravaged the state over the past two months, new Medicaid and PeachCare enrollment in Georgia has increased 38 percent, versus... Read more
The ‘last responders’: A new normal for funeral directors
By Madeline Laguaite Billy Hendrix, a 30-year veteran of the funeral industry, thought he had seen it all. But the last few months have changed his mind. Growing up in Indiana, he spent a lot of time after school at the nearby funeral home — a 37-room, three-story mansion... Read more
With state budget under strain, call to raise tobacco tax is renewed
The economic downturn caused by COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on the state budget. More than $3 billion is expected to be sliced from state spending. The depth of those budget cuts could mean furloughs and layoffs for educators and other employees. But could the financial devastation from COVID lead... Read more
Commentary: Don’t forget mental health
There’s no question that the COVID-19 emergency is getting on people’s nerves. They’re worried and often scared, uncertain of what will come next. In a new GHN Commentary, Jack Bernard and Dr. Doug Skelton remind us that the psychological pressure we feel is understandable. Big disruptions in life cause stress, and... Read more

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