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Local public health shifts testing to private company

District 2 Public Health is turning over its COVID testing duties to a private medical company. Beginning January 22, MAKO Medical will begin administering...

Georgia hits daily record on COVID-19 deaths; Kemp voices frustration on vaccine situation

Georgia reported 145 COVID-related deaths Tuesday, the state’s highest single-day total recorded since the pandemic began. More than 9,000 new infections were also reported Tuesday,...

Georgia grapples with low COVID shot rate, overwhelming demand

Georgia’s worst-in-the-nation status for COVID vaccination rate is a glaring hole in the state’s fight against the disease. Some hospital officials are pointing to trouble...

Now in Georgia, new ‘super strain’ poses major risk

Brenda Goodman is a senior news writer for WebMD. This article first appeared on WebMD. After 10 months of masks, social distancing, virtual school, fear for...

Hospitals in every region struggle to cope with COVID-19 spike

A Georgia town’s current status as a COVID hot spot has left its mark on the local hospital. Dublin, in Middle Georgia, is now listed...

Oconee County teachers worried about schools’ COVID-19 policies

With COVID raging in Georgia, school districts across the state have faced tough decisions on how to handle instruction as the semester begins this...

As vaccine strategy adjusted, onslaught of COVID continues in state

On the last day of 2020, Augusta University Medical Center was swamped with very sick COVID patients. Sixteen were waiting Thursday in the ER to...

Georgia opens vaccination info. line

The Georgia Department of Public Health has launched a new service to keep state residents informed about COVID vaccines. State public health commissioner Dr. Kathleen...

As COVID numbers surge, Atlanta field hospital reopening its doors

The reactivation of the field hospital in the Georgia World Congress Center this week is a sign of how health facilities are struggling as...

Hospitals say staffing crunch is biggest pandemic challenge

The problems abound: Medical supply vendors are upping their prices, and there are occasional shortages of COVID-19 test equipment. But Georgia hospital CEOs told Gov....

Celebrate Thanksgiving safely

Alarm over the surge in new COVID cases caused the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thursday to issue one of its sharpest warnings...

After COVID shook fall semester, colleges plan to ease back to class

A fall semester rife with pandemic anxiety and online lessons on Georgia’s college campuses is coming to a close and school officials are preparing...