JUNE 11, 2020
[AMA president and MAG member] Dr. Patrice Harris: A steady voice of leadership during a deadly pandemic
NBC News
Serving as the face and leader of the largest and most respected organization of physicians in the United States – during the COVID-19 crisis, no less – was a country mile from watching a television show and dreaming in Bluefield, West Virginia. But [Dr. Patrice] Harris, whose presidency ended this week, handled it with grace, according to health experts. READ MORE
Georgia could raise $600 million in revenue by raising cigarette tax, analysts say
GPB News
The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute is asking the state to increase Georgia’s tobacco tax in order to avoid deep budget cuts. | READ MORE
How medical personnel avoid taking coronavirus home (features MAG member Keisha Callins, M.D., M.P.H.)
Georgia Health News
Health care workers across the state and nation who are on the front lines in fighting COVID have taken extraordinary steps to protect their families and friends. | READ MORE
Newnan Health and Rehab reports uptick in COVID-19 cases
The Newnan Times-Herald
The most recent report from the Georgia Department of Public Health shows that Newnan Health and Rehabilitation Center has had 43 residents test positive for COVID-19, and eight deaths. | READ MORE
[Georgia] Public Health hopes to spare vital HIV center as budget cuts revised
Georgia Health News
Reacting to the fallout from COVID-19, a state plan for spending reductions projected taking a big chunk out of the budget of Georgia’s leading HIV services provider. | READ MORE
National scorecard shows state improving on COVID-19 fight
Georgia Health News
Data on COVID-19 can be confusing, sometimes even conflicting, and state reports of cases in Georgia have created an unusual level of controversy. | READ MORE
National campaign aims to support heart health among black women
AMA Wire
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, data showed that high blood pressure disproportionately affects black communities. The pandemic and recent coverage of ongoing verbal and physical violence against black people has increased the visibility of long-standing historical and structural inequities. | READ MORE
Third of Americans say they won't get a COVID-19 vaccine
More than a third of Americans say they are unlikely to or definitely would not get a COVID-19 vaccine if one becomes available, according to a poll. | READ MORE
Gerald E. Harmon, M.D., wins office of [AMA] president-elect
AMA Wire
South Carolina family physician Gerald E. “Gerry” Harmon, M.D., has won the office of president-elect by acclamation at the 2020 AMA Special Meeting, an abbreviated virtual gathering of the AMA House of Delegates (HOD) held June 7 in place of the in-person Annual Meeting due to the physical distancing requirements of the COVID-19 pandemic. | READ MORE
CDC director says protesters should ‘highly consider’ getting tested for coronavirus
Fox 5 Atlanta
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield, M.D., warned Thursday that recent protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death could be a “seeding event” for coronavirus infections and urged participants to get tested. | READ MORE
Poll: Pandemic does little to alter U.S. views on health care
Associated Press
The coronavirus pushed hospitals to the edge, and millions of workers lost job-based coverage in the economic shutdown to slow the spread, but a new poll suggests Americans have remarkably little interest in big changes to health care as a result of the pandemic. | READ MORE
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