JULY 16, 2020
[Gov.] Kemp suspends local mask ordinances with new executive order that extends coronavirus restrictions
11 Alive
Gov. Brian Kemp has extended the state's coronavirus health policies again, keeping them in place until the end of the month. READ MORE
Increase in COVID-19 cases [in Georgia] called 'frightening' as hospitals feel surge
Georgia Health News
Georgia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases rose by 3,871 in the 24 hours ending Wednesday afternoon, the state’s second-highest daily increase since the pandemic began. READ MORE
CDC urges all Americans to wear masks to combat spread of COVID-19
The Hill
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is officially urging all Americans to wear face masks to stem the spread of COVID-19. | READ MORE
UGA faculty, others pushing back against university system’s fall reopening plans
Online Athens
Faculty resistance continues to mount at the University of Georgia and other University System of Georgia colleges against what they see as top-down, one-size-fits-all and inadequate planning for campuses to reopen this fall. | READ MORE
COVID-19 vaccine trials show promising results at Emory
Albany Herald
A potential vaccine for COVID-19 being tested at Emory University in Atlanta has shown promising early results after months of clinical trials, researchers announced late Tuesday. | READ MORE
[MAG member] Sudhakar Jonnalagadda, M.D., takes over as AAPI president
The American Bazaar
Dr. Sudhakar Jonnalagadda has taken over as the 37th President of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), the largest ethnic medical body in the U.S. with a membership of 100,000. | READ MORE
[Georgia] Health agency stalling on requests for COVID-19 emails, critics say
Georgia Health News
Open Records logs obtained by Georgia Health News show that DPH had failed to produce emails in response to nearly four dozen requests submitted between March 1 and July 1. | READ MORE
[Georgia] revises insurance waiver request and pushes timetable back
Georgia Health News
Georgia has streamlined its proposal to the feds for a waiver on health insurance rules, and has postponed its launch till 2022. | READ MORE
Audio-only telemedicine: Docs say payment falls short
MedPage Today
Months into the COVID crisis, doctors and patients have become accustomed to telemedicine. But some clinicians still face difficulties getting patients on video calls – and have to pay the price. READ MORE
Federal judge strikes down Georgia abortion restrictions
WABE
A federal judge on Monday permanently blocked Georgia’s 2019 “heartbeat” abortion law, finding that it violates the U.S. Constitution. | READ MORE
Nearly 90 percent of Americans have not been tested for coronavirus
Newsweek
As coronavirus cases in the U.S. continue to rise, climbing past 3 million, the vast majority of Americans have not been tested for the virus, nearly six months after the first U.S. case was reported in late January. | READ MORE
UnitedHealthcare donates $1 million to nonprofits in Georgia
Yahoo Finance
UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, is awarding $1 million in Empowering Health grants to six community-based organizations in Georgia to expand access to care and address the social determinants of health for uninsured individuals and underserved communities. | READ MORE
Survey finds 40% of U.S. LGBTQ youth considered suicide in past year
Reuters
Forty percent of young LGBTQ people in the United States say they have seriously considered suicide over the past 12 months, according to a survey released on Wednesday, while the figure climbs to more than 50% for transgender and non-binary youth surveyed. | READ MORE
As fewer kids played football, hospitals saw a big drop in ER visits
CNN
The rate of kids sports and recreation-related emergency room visits for traumatic brain injuries declined 32% from 2012 to 2018, after more than a decade of increasing rates, a new study finds. | READ MORE
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