MARCH 19, 2020
Georgia coronavirus cases rise to 287; death toll jumps to 10
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Georgia increased significantly Thursday, and health officials have confirmed seven additional deaths. READ MORE
Study: Coronavirus could push Georgia hospitals beyond capacity
The number of people contracting coronavirus is expected to rise in our area, and metro Atlanta is projected to run out of hospital beds for patients if the number of infected people rises by even a few hundred. | READ MORE
To keep seniors safe at home, Medicare expands telemedicine
Associated Press
Medicare said Tuesday it will immediately expand coverage for telemedicine nationwide to help seniors with health problems stay home to avoid the coronavirus. | READ MORE
Surge medical hospital opens in Marietta (features MAG member John Harvey, M.D., and MAG MRC)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A makeshift facility that popped up Sunday in the parking lot of Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta is now bustling with medical personnel, including more than a dozen volunteer physicians, nurses and paramedics. | READ MORE
South Fulton declares state of emergency, issues curfew over coronavirus pandemic
Fox 5 Atlanta
The City of South Fulton has declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak, leading to the banning of many public gatherings and a curfew in place for the city. | READ MORE
Piedmont Hospital’s CMO talks supplies, coronavirus concerns (features MAG member Mark Cohen, M.D.)
One of Atlanta’s hospitals is already feeling the stress of additional coronavirus patients and a shortage of supplies. Channel 2 investigative reporter Justin Gray sat down with a top leader at Piedmont Hospital to talk about the hospital’s preparedness efforts. | READ MORE
Practicing medicine in Georgia: How coronavirus affects doctors (features former MAG President Rutledge Forney, M.D.)
Doctors’ offices across Georgia are altering long-standing practices as the coronavirus sweeps across the state. | READ MORE
Doctors, hospitals, nurses seek $1 billion to combat COVID-19
AMA Wire
Congress must ensure that its next COVID-19 economic stimulus package includes $1 billion to ensure that “hospitals, health systems, physicians and nurses are viable and directly supported for preparedness and response.” | READ MORE
Georgia lawmakers urged to self-quarantine after senator’s positive coronavirus test
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
All of Georgia’s state lawmakers were urged Wednesday to self-isolate themselves for weeks after a state senator who participated in a Monday vote disclosed he tested positive for the disease caused by coronavirus. State Sen. Brandon Beach said he was screened for the disease Saturday when he sought medical attention for a cough and mild fever, but that the test results didn’t arrive until Wednesday. | READ MORE
Cancer, heart surgeries delayed as coronavirus alters care
Associated Press
Some cancer surgeries are being delayed, many stent procedures for clogged arteries have been pushed back and infertility specialists were asked to postpone helping patients get pregnant. | READ MORE
Cancer death rates continue to fall in U.S., report says
U.S. death rates from cancer continued falling from 2001 to 2017, dropping an average 1.5 percent a year, a new report shows. | READ MORE
MAG rotation prepares medical students for advocacy (features MAG medical student rotation program)
Two PCOM Georgia Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) students recently completed a four week public policy rotation with the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG). | READ MORE
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