Clinch County at high risk of big virus impact, analysis says
An analysis of counties especially vulnerable to a major COVID-19 outbreak points to a South Georgia county as having the highest risk in the nation. The health index, published by the New York Times, places Clinch County ahead of several other counties in the Southeastern region of the nation... Read more
What the soldiers saw after virus hit rural nursing home
Of Georgia’s more than 1,100 COVID-19 deaths, 12% are from long-term care facilities in a region that holds just 3% of the state’s population. As the state reopens, staff know that risks of exposure will only increase. By Max Blau This article was produced in partnership with ProPublica. Georgia... Read more
COVID-19 bus brings help for behavioral health needs
By Naomi Thomas A bus mobilized during the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing behavioral health care to two rural counties. The mobile health unit, run by CarePartners, a local agency, has been traveling through Emanuel and Candler counties in east Georgia to bring services to people in need. Since the... Read more
Pandemic brings financial trouble for many doctors
An irony about COVID-19 — the greatest public health threat in a century — is that many doctors’ offices are now basically empty. The pandemic has led to much lower patient volumes for physicians across Georgia. A lot of people have stopped going to the doctor. “It happened almost... Read more
Rural hospitals: A new crisis on top of the old one
Georgia’s rural hospitals have faced financial challenges for a long time. Even the recent economic boom was not enough to pull them out of the ditch. Now things may get even worse. The COVID-19 pandemic is both a medical crisis and an economic shock, and in Georgia, the state’s... Read more

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