MARCH 26, 2020
Georgia’s coronavirus toll climbs to 48 deaths, 1,525 cases
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia’s confirmed coronavirus cases increased to 1,525 on Thursday, nearly doubling the numbers reported by state health officials just three days before. READ MORE
Gov. Kemp to headline televised pandemic town hall [tonight, Thursday, March 26]
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp will headline an hour-long town hall event Thursday to discuss the growing coronavirus pandemic that will be broadcast on the six major channels in Atlanta. | READ MORE
Clinics switch to virtual patient visits to limit coronavirus exposure (features MAG President Andrew Reisman, M.D.)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia medical professionals say many of their peers have been reluctant to use telemedicine for fear that patients may not receive appropriate care...But much of that apprehension has taken a back seat to the public crisis created by the spread of the coronavirus. | READ MORE
What a member of state coronavirus task force said about disease’s spread (features MAG President Andrew Reisman, M.D.)
Gainesville Times
A Gainesville physician serving on the state’s Coronavirus Task Force Primary Care Provider Committee likes what Gov. Brian Kemp said about limiting spread of the disease but has deep concerns as it spreads. | READ MORE
Pandemic changes how doctors practice medicine (features MAG President Andrew Reisman, M.D.)
Andrew Reisman, M.D., president of the Medical Association of Georgia and family medicine doctor, on how the coronavirus pandemic is changing his practice and those of other physicians across the state. | READ MORE
U.S. FDA approves first rapid coronavirus test with 45-minute detection time
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first rapid coronavirus diagnostic test, with a detection time of about 45 minutes, as the United States struggles to meet the demand for coronavirus testing. | READ MORE
CMS eases quality, other reporting demands amid COVID-19 crisis
Modern Healthcare
The CMS on Sunday said it is easing reporting requirements for the 1.2 million clinicians in the Quality Payment Program and for other reporting programs in light of the COVID-19 crisis. | READ MORE
CDC, Emory University set up sites to check coronavirus symptoms online
Thompson Reuters Foundation News
Americans worried about their exposure to coronavirus can check their symptoms with two new screening tools online. | READ MORE
Telehealth vendors scramble to hire doctors as patient volume soars amid COVID-19
Healthcare Dive
Telehealth vendors are scrambling to hire doctors and get them onboarded as soon as possible to meet skyrocketing patient demand as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across the U.S. | READ MORE
After catching the virus, leaders report they're on the mend (features MAG member Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D.)
Marietta Daily Journal
The two Georgia senators representing Cobb and the Marietta City Council member who tested positive for the coronavirus have all reported they are recovering, though they are under self-quarantine as a precaution. | READ MORE
Georgia nurses want added autonomy for more treatment capacity in a crisis
Georgia Recorder
Georgia is now the only state that bars its advanced practice registered nurses from ordering these imaging tests, and perennial efforts to expand the practice authority of nurses under the Gold Dome have run into powerful opposition. | READ MORE
Atlanta mayor says ICU units are at 'full capacity'
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms offered some dire news on Tuesday, telling CBS46 that intensive care units across the city are at full capacity. | READ MORE
Rural hospitals: A new crisis on top of the old one
Georgia Health News
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 most vulnerable hospitals could bear a formidable burden. | READ MORE
Phoebe Putney sees more deaths, reports lack of cooperation by some hospitals
Georgia Health News
An Albany hospital inundated with COVID-19 patients said Tuesday that it is “quickly reaching a critical mass,’’ and that some other hospitals are refusing to accept its transfer patients who don’t have the virus. | READ MORE
Will you step up now to help clinics for the poor?
Georgia Health News
As a state, we need to strengthen how we collectively address COVID-19, and the support of Georgians who care is key to that. Please make a donation to your local free or charity clinic. Even a few dollars can go a long way to ensure care for those least able to get it. | READ MORE
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