AUGUST 6, 2020
State reaches 200,000 COVID-19 case mark; county hot spots remain
Georgia Health News
Georgia has passed the 200,000 mark in COVID-19 cases and is close to exceeding 4,000 deaths from the virus. READ MORE
‘We all hope to avoid a future lockdown’: Macon doctors urge citizens to wear masks (features MAG members & Bibb County Medical Society)
A group of physicians in Macon are asking all citizens to wear face coverings in public. The Bibb County Medical Society says in a release it is "very concerned about the spread of COVID-19" in the state and in Middle Georgia. | READ MORE
[Gov.] Kemp vetoes bill to increase oversight of health care contracts
Georgia Health News
Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday vetoed a bill that aimed to bring more transparency and accountability to contractors for state health care plans. | READ MORE
Amid pandemic, [Georgia’s] mental health agency has extensive layoffs
Georgia Health News
Budget cuts due to the COVID-19 economic crisis have led the state’s mental health agency to lay off 200 employees. | READ MORE
Data from 10 cities [including Atlanta] show COVID-19 impact based on poverty, race
AMA Wire
Areas with high populations of marginalized and minoritized populations that have historically been disinvested in were the hardest hit by the virus early in the pandemic, according to the research letter, Assessment of Community-Level Disparities in Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Infections and Deaths in Large US Metropolitan Areas, published in JAMA Network Open. | READ MORE
Health care workers of color nearly twice as likely as whites to get COVID-19
Kaiser Health News
Health care workers of color were more likely to care for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, more likely to report using inadequate or reused protective gear, and nearly twice as likely as white colleagues to test positive for the coronavirus, a new study from Harvard Medical School researchers found. | READ MORE
COVID-19 vaccine trial in Savannah leaves one top scientist optimistic: ‘We will have vaccines for everybody within the year 2021’
Savannah Now
The goal of Operation Warp Speed is to deliver 300 million doses of a safe, effective vaccine for COVID-19 by January 2021 as part of a broader strategy to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. | READ MORE
PPE 101: The do’s and don'ts of donning and doffing
AMA Wire
Proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) has always been part of medicine, but the COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on how vital it is to do it properly to stop the spread of infection. | READ MORE
Research firm releases COVID-19 provider trends summary
Public Opinion Strategies
Public Opinion Strategies has released a new ‘COVID-19: Provider Trends’ summary that addresses “public sentiment and recent comments from industry leaders (i.e., mostly from provider organizations).”  | READ MORE
New cancer diagnoses fell sharply as the coronavirus pandemic first hit
By almost every measure, far fewer cancers are being diagnosed during the coronavirus pandemic, whether the decline shows up in screening mammograms and colonoscopies or in other tests ordered after troubling symptoms prompt a doctor’s visit. | READ MORE
Virus testing in the U.S. is dropping, even as deaths mount
Associated Press
U.S. testing for the coronavirus is dropping even as infections remain high and the death toll rises by more than 1,000 a day, a worrisome trend that officials attribute largely to Americans getting discouraged over having to wait hours to get a test and days or weeks to learn the results. | READ MORE
Physician sues Kaiser Permanente over opioid-related patient satisfaction scores
Becker's Hospital Review
An emergency medicine physician filed a lawsuit September 18 against Kaiser Permanente over its patient satisfaction scoring methodology, which she alleges incentivized overprescribing of opioids and hurt her career at the Oakland, California-based health system, The News Tribune reports. | READ MORE
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