JUNE 4, 2020
Racism is a public health issue and ‘police brutality must stop,’ medical groups say
CNN
As protests over George Floyd's death continue nationwide, several doctors' groups – the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association and American College of Physicians – are emphasizing that racism is a public health issue and they're calling for police brutality to stop. |READ MORE
[Gov.] Kemp links COVID jump to lab backlog, lifts more state restrictions
Georgia Health News
Georgia’s recent uptick in COVID-19 cases was due to a backlog of test results being released in a two-day period, Gov. Brian Kemp said Thursday. | READ MORE
State approves Doctors Hospital’s ER in Evans
The Augusta Chronicle
Doctors Hospital said Tuesday it has received state approval to build a free-standing emergency room in Columbia County. The 12-bed, 12,760-square-foot facility would be located at 464 North Belair Road in Evans, directly across the street from the Evans campus of University Hospital, which also has filed an application to build a free-standing emergency room. | READ MORE
Leadership Atlanta names class of 2021 [including MAG members Anurag Sahu, M.D. & Kenneth Taylor, M.D.]
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Medical Association of Georgia Foundation board member Anurag Sahu, M.D., and MAG member Kenneth Taylor, M.D., will be members of Leadership Atlanta’s 2021 class. Dr. Sahu is an associate professor of medicine at Emory Healthcare, while Dr. Taylor is a cardiologist with Piedmont Healthcare. | READ MORE
Bipartisan lawmakers press Trump administration to get COVID-19 aid to Medicaid providers
The Hill
Bipartisan members of Congress on Tuesday urged the Trump administration to distribute emergency COVID-19 funding to Medicaid providers as soon as possible, noting their “serious concerns” with the delay. | READ MORE
U.S. should have a ‘couple hundred million’ doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by the start of 2021, [Dr.] Fauci says
CNN
The United States should have 100 million doses of one candidate coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said Tuesday. | READ MORE
Quest Diagnostics' COVID-19 test kit gets FDA nod for emergency use
Reuters
Quest Diagnostics said on Thursday it received emergency use authorization (EUA) for its self-collection COVID-19 test kit from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, sending its shares up three percent. | READ MORE
COVID-19 has accelerated adoption of non-contact patient monitoring technology, says Frost & Sullivan analysis
HealthcareITNews
According to the analysis by Frost & Sullivan, non-contact patient monitoring technologies are gravitating toward the use of video, sound analysis and mobile-based platforms incorporating advanced technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms. | READ MORE
U.S. ill-prepared for coronavirus-fueled mental health crisis
The Hill
Experts are warning that the United States is ill prepared for a coming mental health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 100,000 people in the nation and caused millions to lose their jobs. | READ MORE
Cancer, coronavirus are a dangerous mix, new studies find
AP
New research shows how dangerous the coronavirus is for current and former cancer patients. Those who developed COVID-19 were much more likely to die within a month than people without cancer who got it, two studies found. | READ MORE
Sharp decline in emergency visits seen in early days of coronavirus pandemic: U.S. study
Reuters
Emergency department visits fell 42% across the United States during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic compared to the same period last year, according to a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. | READ MORE
Rusty Kidd, Georgia’s last independent state lawmaker [and former MAG lobbyist], dies
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Former state Rep. Rusty Kidd, the last politically independent member of the Georgia General Assembly, died Tuesday at age 74. | READ MORE
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