State reaches 200,000 COVID-19 case mark; county hot spots remain 
Georgia has passed the 200,000 mark in COVID-19 cases and is close to exceeding 4,000 deaths from the virus. The state Department of Public Health, in its Wednesday report, said that COVID-19 cases increased by 3,817 in the past day to reach 201,713, less than one month after the... Read more
Rural hospitals face COVID challenges of patient transfers, staffing
Evans Memorial Hospital in southeast Georgia recently struggled to find someone to accept the transfer of a very sick COVID-19 patient. After Evans staff called 14 hospitals, one finally agreed to take the patient. That hospital turned out to be two states away — in Bowling Green, Ky. The... Read more
Rural hospital plans October closure; COVID was the last straw
The financial blow from COVID-19 has helped force the closure of a rural hospital in Georgia. Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center was facing financial challenges even before the pandemic struck, and Randolph County, where it is located, has among the highest per-capita infection rates in the state. “It has become... Read more
Prison COVID cases fuel new hot spot; state’s map draws criticism
The most recent COVID-19 hot spot in Georgia has been identified after an outbreak at a federal prison. Wayne County, in southeast Georgia, has the 10th-highest rate among U.S. counties of cases per resident, according to figures reported by the New York Times. That’s been driven by FCI Jesup, a... Read more
Latinos in Georgia feel doubly vulnerable to COVID-19
David was working as a laborer at a North Georgia construction site in May when he began to feel body pains and chills. A Latino from El Salvador, David, who requested anonymity for this article, was eventually admitted to a hospital with a severe case of COVID-19. His brother,... Read more

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