MAY 21, 2020
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Georgia at lowest point since early April
The Center Square
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Georgia have reached their lowest point since April 8, when hospitals started reporting data to the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA). | READ MORE
Georgia Department of Health apologizes for weekend data snafu
The Georgia Department of Public Health is apologizing for a processing error that caused the number of COVID-19 cases to decrease at some point over the weekend. READ MORE
How to get a free COVID-19 test in Georgia
11 Alive
Georgia has ramped up testing for the coronavirus since Gov. Brian Kemp opened up free testing to all residents. | READ MORE
A new era? Pandemic boosts telemedicine
Georgia Health News
Though telemedicine is not available to everyone, demand for it has surged in Georgia during the pandemic. And increased use of it has been propelled by sweeping regulatory changes announced by the federal government in March and April. | READ MORE
COVID-19 telehealth waivers won't last forever, but permanent regulatory changes are afoot
Healthcare Finance
Health care providers who were only passingly familiar with telehealth before the COVID-19 pandemic are certainly acquainted with it now – either due to its high-profile rise in popularity or because waivers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have allowed them to start implementing it themselves. | READ MORE
Clinch County at high risk of big virus impact, analysis says
Georgia Health News
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. | READ MORE
‘We have not done what we needed to…public health expert on inequities and [COVID-19] (features AMA President Patrice Harris, M.D.)
Public health experts are pushing to reduce smoking and vaping in communities of color as part of an effort to reduce risk factors for COVID-19. The president of the American Medical Association told WABE’s Morning Edition this national focus on health disparities is late, but not too late. | READ MORE
Medicaid providers at the end of the line for federal COVID funding
Kaiser Health News
State Medicaid directors say that without immediate funding, many of the health facilities that serve Medicaid patients could close permanently. | READ MORE
As nursing homes report more COVID-19 deaths, more governors order universal testing
With the coronavirus hitting long-term care facilities especially hard, a growing number of state leaders are mandating universal testing of all nursing home residents and staff. | READ MORE
Hospitals, health care sector reel from COVID-19 damage
ABC News
The global coronavirus pandemic has created a huge need for health care in the U.S., but it also is delivering a devastating financial blow to that sector. | READ MORE
Coronavirus 'does not spread easily' by touching surfaces or objects, CDC now says
USA Today
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has always warned that "it may be possible" to become infected with coronavirus by touching contaminated surfaces or objects. It just "does not spread easily" in that manner, the agency now says, nor by animal-to-human contact, or vice versa. | READ MORE
Study projects U.S. COVID-19 deaths to triple by end of year
The Hill
A new study suggests the number of Americans who will die after contracting the novel coronavirus is likely to more than triple by the end of the year, even if current social distancing habits continue for months on end. | READ MORE
AMA cautions about limitations of antibody testing for SARS-CoV-2
AMA Wire
With a growing number of tests claiming to identify people who have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 and potentially immune to COVID-19, the American Medical Association (AMA) today announced guidance to help ensure physicians and the general public are aware of the limitations and potential uses of serological testing, also known as antibody testing. | READ MORE
CDC alerts doctors to COVID-19 linked condition in children
Associated Press
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning doctors about a serious rare inflammatory condition in children linked with the coronavirus. | READ MORE
TruDiary donates feminine hygiene products to a rural community (mentions MAG member Keisha Callins, M.D.)
Taking Care Of Me is a community initiative to help promote the health of young women in the Twiggs County School System. | READ MORE
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