COVID-19

COVID-19

News stories and information relating to the COVID-19 pandemic

House panel OKs bill allowing some hospital, nursing home visits during emergency

A committee of the Georgia House, despite industry opposition, passed a bill Monday allowing people to visit patients in hospital and long-term care facilities...

Georgia tops 15,000 COVID deaths

The Georgia Department of Public Health Friday reported 2,265 new cases of COVID-19 and 1,380 antigen-positive cases. Health officials also reported 20 new deaths...

Habersham mass vaccination site setup underway

Habersham County's mass vaccination site setup is underway, with officials from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security (GEMA/HS), Federal Emergency Management Agency...

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Will Georgia ease rules for visitors in long-term care facilities?

At first, Gail Manter thought the pandemic wouldn’t last long, and that she’d be able to see her husband, Tom, sooner rather than later. But...

COVID-19 variant cases increase in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Public Health confirms there are now 19 cases of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 identified in Georgia. This is the same...

Anxiety mounts as Georgia educators wait for COVID vaccine

A teacher in southeast Georgia says she got COVID-19 at a school-sponsored event last month. Several others who attended the event also were infected, the...

South has high rate of unreported COVID deaths, study says

Southern states have higher rates of unreported COVID-related deaths than other regions of the country, according to a new study. The study, led by Andrew...

How do the elderly who are homebound get COVID shots?

For Georgia seniors, the COVID vaccine rollout has been rocky at best. Yet an increasing number of people 65 and older living in the community...

Task gets tougher for contact tracers amid rapid COVID spread

With COVID-19 cases spiking, it’s basically impossible for the state’s contact tracers to reach the burgeoning number of people potentially exposed to the disease. That’s...

Georgia hospitals feel strain of COVID surge, expect it to continue

Georgia recorded its third straight day of high numbers of COVID deaths, with the 142 reported Thursday bringing the state’s three-day total to 424. The...

Vaccination problems worse in states seen as vulnerable to COVID

It felt like Christmas when “Santa Rick” Rosenthal, who runs Northern Lights Santa Academy in Atlanta, snagged a rare slot to receive one of...