APRIL 16, 2020
15,669 confirmed coronavirus cases, 587 deaths reported in Georgia
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The coronavirus crisis in Georgia deepened Thursday as the state confirmed hundreds of more infections and the death toll neared 600. READ MORE
AMA, leading physician orgs [including MAG] urge additional COVID-19 legislative steps
AMA Wire
As the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic confronts the nation, the American Medical Association (AMA), leading physician organizations, and state medical societies today released a letter sent to congressional leaders urging them to protect patient access to medical care by preserving the viability of physician practices across the country. | READ MORE
Pandemic brings financial trouble for many doctors (features MAG members)
Georgia Health News
An irony about COVID-19 – the greatest public health threat in a century – is that many doctors’ offices are now basically empty. | READ MORE
Georgia to expand COVID-19 testing, key to reaching ‘new norm’
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia will dramatically expand testing for the novel coronavirus, following weeks of diagnostic rationing that obscured the pandemic’s full effects. | READ MORE
Obtaining PPE ‘continues to be a struggle’ in [Georgia]
Georgia Health News
Despite communities donating it, state efforts to procure it, corporations scrambling to produce it, and new ways to disinfect it, personal protective equipment remains in short supply. | READ MORE
[MAG COL Chair W. Scott Bohlke, M.D.] brings doctor's perspective to District 4 state Senate race
Statesboro Herald
Dr. Scott Bohlke, who owns Bohler Family Practice in Brooklet, where he has provided patients primary medical care for almost 21 years, suggests that a physician's experiences and insight could be useful in the state Senate at this time. | READ MORE
Pandemic could swell Georgia’s Medicaid rolls, numbers of uninsured
The Newnan Times-Herald
Even before COVID-19 struck, Georgia had a high rate of people with no health insurance. Now, with job losses piling up amid the pandemic, the number of Georgians without coverage is expected to spike. | READ MORE
Southwest Georgia hit especially hard; convention center turning into hospital
Georgia Health News
A new map from the state Department of Public Health shows the toll in southwest Georgia, a region with some of the state’s worst poverty rates and lowest health rankings. The map shows the coronavirus case rate per 100,000 population. | READ MORE
Albany sees 'positive trends' in coronavirus battle as hospital admissions decline
Albany Herald
Officials stressed the need to continue the social distancing measures thought to be behind the decline in new cases and hospital admissions. | READ MORE
Georgia to create ‘medical unit’ for COVID-19 patients in Macon
The Telegraph
Georgia emergency-management officials have in recent weeks inquired about whether a Macon venue might be available if the number of seriously ill coronavirus patients overwhelms the state’s hospital system. | READ MORE
COVID-19 testing is critical in communities of color says Georgia State Medical Association
Baker City Herald
With the rising number of cases in the United States and especially in hotspots such as New York City, Chicago, and New Orleans, the imperative for health care access to testing and health care equity for all Americans is critical in the present pandemic of COVID-19. | READ MORE
DEA eases some controlled-substances rules during pandemic
AMA Wire
As hospitals, clinics and health systems seek to maximize capacity in alternate care sites to deliver supportive care for patients with COVID-19, one stumbling block has been U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) rules governing DEA-registered hospitals, clinics, manufacturers and distributors. | READ MORE
Georgia State researchers find rheumatoid arthritis drug is effective against coronavirus
GSU News Hub
Auranofin, a drug approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to treat rheumatoid arthritis, is effective at inhibiting the novel coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2, Georgia State University researchers have found. | READ MORE
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