MAY 14, 2020
Georgia gets promising COVID drug; pediatric patients in Atlanta studied for virus link
Georgia Health News
Georgia has received a federal shipment of a promising drug to treat seriously ill COVID-19 patients, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Tuesday. READ MORE
COVID-19 tests now available for all Georgians, governor says
Savannah Now
Gov. Brian Kemp announced Thursday that anyone in Georgia can be tested for coronavirus after expanding the criteria beyond only those with symptoms, health care workers, the elderly, and the chronically ill. | READ MORE
As Georgia lifts restrictions, its hospitals are not ready for a COVID-19 surge
WABE
Georgia – one of the first states to reopen its economy – may not have enough hospital beds to treat a new wave of critically ill patients infected with the coronavirus, according to internal federal government documents obtained by the Center for Public Integrity. | READ MORE
Georgia Tech model predicts jump in COVID cases, deaths
Georgia Health News
A new COVID-19 model from Georgia Tech projects increases of thousands of cases and deaths in the state by mid-August. | READ MORE
7 starter steps to reopen your practice, address patient anxiety
AMA Wire
Telemedicine and remote services have been and will continue to be important ways of providing care to patients during the “new reality” created by COVID-19. However, important care that requires an in-person interaction, such as administering a vaccine or performing necessary procedures, has been postponed and should no longer be delayed. | READ MORE
Blacks bearing brunt of COVID-19 across state, Morehouse study shows
Georgia Health News
The higher the percentage of blacks in a Georgia county’s population, the higher the county’s COVID-19 rate is, a Morehouse School of Medicine study has found. | READ MORE
Savannah mayor announces ‘Safe Pledge’ program for businesses reopening from COVID-19 closures
Savannah Now
The new Savannah Safe Pledge program encourages businesses citywide to implement several protocols that can reduce coronavirus transmission, including obliging the use of face coverings by employees and customers, reducing occupancy in common spaces and frequently disinfecting high-touch surfaces. | READ MORE
Governor says Hall County should continue ‘hunkering down’ but COVID-19 cases now flattening
Gainesville Times
Gov. Brian Kemp said Tuesday that Hall County is now seeing a flattening of COVID-19 cases after the area was flagged as a hot spot. | READ MORE
Now is the time to address surprise billing
Medpage Today
Legislation was introduced Tuesday in the House that, among other things, would further assist hospitals with more relief funds. With this potential third disbursement of federal dollars comes an opportunity to finally address the embarrassing problem of surprise billing that has eroded the public trust in our great medical profession. | READ MORE
U.S. FDA authorizes first at-home saliva test for COVID-19
Reuters
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it has authorized the first diagnostic test for the new coronavirus that allows patients to collect saliva samples at-home. | READ MORE
FDA grants emergency use authorization for 1st coronavirus antigen test
NPR
The Food and Drug Administration announced Saturday that it has granted its first emergency authorization to a new type of test that can detect the coronavirus, called an antigen test. | READ MORE
Hospitals turn to online matchmakers to swap supplies
Associated Press
As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, online platforms have popped up to match hospitals that need masks, gowns, ventilators and even doctors with those that have extras. | READ MORE
Act now to get ahead of a mental health crisis, specialists advise U.S.
NPR
Mental health specialists are working now to bolster the resilience of Americans who are suffering from feelings of despair — in hopes of preventing increases in suicides among people who are under increased pressure during the coronavirus pandemic. | READ MORE
Childhood vaccinations plunge since COVID-19 pandemic started, CDC says
CNN
Childhood vaccinations have plunged since the Covid-19 pandemic began spreading through the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. | READ MORE
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