Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Governor stops short of measures to address COVID-19′s rampant spread

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Governor stops short of measures to address COVID-19′s rampant spread. “Georgia parents were teetering between hope and anxiety in early August as children were returning to classrooms. COVID cases and hospitalizations were rising again after a mid-summer lull, and the CDC had just called for everyone in places like Georgia, with high disease transmission, to go back to wearing masks indoors. Gov. Brian Kemp didn’t echo that call.”

WSB-TV: Nearly 30 Georgia teachers, staff lost to COVID-19 since start of school year

WSB-TV: Nearly 30 Georgia teachers, staff lost to COVID-19 since start of school year. “More than two dozen Georgia teachers and staff members have died of COVID-19 since the start of the school year in July, Channel 2 Action News can confirm. The youngest was just 24 years old. They were teachers and coaches. They were bus drivers and school resource officers. They were administrative assistants and day care teachers. They were lunchroom managers and education specialists.”

The Jolt: Anti-vaxxers shut down vaccination event, harass state health workers (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The Jolt: Anti-vaxxers shut down vaccination event, harass state health workers. “The headlines out of Gov. Brian Kemp’s latest press conference focused on the thousands of Georgia National Guard troops he’s preparing to deploy to help hospitals fight the pandemic. But it was Dr. Kathleen Toomey who stopped us in our tracks when she revealed that anti-vaxxer protesters had disrupted several vaccination drives — and forced one to shut down.”

Digital Library of Georgia: Birth Registers From Historically Endangered Georgia Nursing Home For Expectant African American Mothers Now Available Freely Online

Digital Library of Georgia: Birth Registers From Historically Endangered Georgia Nursing Home For Expectant African American Mothers Now Available Freely Online. “The Georgia B. Williams Nursing Home in Camilla, Georgia, and the Digital Library of Georgia have worked together to digitize and present online the birth registers of the mothers and babies born at the Georgia B. Williams Nursing Home between 1949-1971.”

AP: Georgia Teens Start Program to Teach Telugu, Tamil Languages

AP: Georgia Teens Start Program to Teach Telugu, Tamil Languages. “From a young age, South Forsyth High School students Suhaas Bonkur, Krithika Kasireddy, Ritika Vemulapalli and Vinay Polaku began learning Telugu and Tamil, which are south Indian languages. When the four friends began hanging out, their speaking and comprehension skills strengthened, as well as their bonds with each other. In March, Bonkur began to develop an idea for a free tutoring service that would offer students of any age the opportunity to learn Telugu and Tamil. It wasn’t until his three friends jumped on board that the program started to take off.”

CBS 46: Georgia hospitals on diversion due to surge in COVID-19 cases

CBS 46: Georgia hospitals on diversion due to surge in COVID-19 cases. ” Several hospitals across the state are no longer able to provide normal emergency care to patients arriving by ambulance due to the strain on resources currently committed to fighting the surge in COVID-19 patients. As a result, many hospitals are having to declare themselves on diversion which, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health, is a request to ambulances to transport patients to other local facilities if possible.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia nursing shortage at crisis levels

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia nursing shortage at crisis levels. “In a state that already had one of the nation’s lowest ratios of nurses to population, job postings for nurses jumped by double-digit percentages in each of its regions in 2020, then jumped again. As of this week, 11,000 nursing positions across the state sit vacant, according to the nursing job service Vivian. More than 1,700 of those are in intensive care units.”

Chattanooga Times Free Press: Dalton declares state of emergency as Hamilton Medical Center sees jump in COVID-19 hospitalizations

Chattanooga Times Free Press: Dalton declares state of emergency as Hamilton Medical Center sees jump in COVID-19 hospitalizations. “The city of Dalton, Georgia, has declared a state of emergency in response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Whitfield County, permitting city employees to provide much-needed assistance at Hamilton Medical Center. Monday’s decision came just days after the hospital announced it would suspend some elective procedures due to an observed 53% increase in positive cases of the virus.”

WDEF: Georgia Governor bans cities from imposing Covid restrictions on businesses

WDEF: Georgia Governor bans cities from imposing Covid restrictions on businesses. “Georgia’s Republican governor has issued an executive order banning cities from requiring businesses to enforce local pandemic restrictions. But what impact, if any, the measure signed Thursday would have on new mask requirements in Atlanta, Savannah and other cities was not clear. At a news conference, Gov. Brian Kemp said his order will prevent local governments from forcing businesses to be the city’s mask and vaccine police.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Ga. hospitals stretched with influx of kids battling COVID-19, other viruses

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Ga. hospitals stretched with influx of kids battling COVID-19, other viruses. “More kids than ever before are suffering from coronavirus cases so severe that they need to be hospitalized, filling pediatric wards at a time when physicians are also contending with an unseasonable surge of other respiratory viruses. Many area children’s hospitals are reporting that more than three-quarters of their ICU beds are occupied — in some places, it’s closer to 90%.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: New Atlanta database details use of force incidents involving police

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: New Atlanta database details use of force incidents involving police. “Atlanta Police found justification for 87% of the use of force incidents reported since 2017, according to a new database released Monday to track force used against citizens. The public dashboard displays information about at least 47,000 arrests and 501 use of force reports involving some of the city’s 1,600-plus officers. Up to 335 officers have been involved in use of force cases since 2019.”

New York Times: Georgia will increase hospital funding amid a Covid surge.

New York Times: Georgia will increase hospital funding amid a Covid surge. “With coronavirus cases surging across Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday announced plans to spend more than $125 million to add staff and increase capacity at hospitals. Mr. Kemp, a Republican, is not requiring state workers to be vaccinated, nor is he requiring that people wear masks in public spaces, indoors or in schools to help stop the spread of the virus.”

ProPublica: My Kids’ School Won’t Reinstate Masks Despite a Recent Surge in COVID Cases. Here’s What I Chose to Do.

ProPublica: My Kids’ School Won’t Reinstate Masks Despite a Recent Surge in COVID Cases. Here’s What I Chose to Do.. “Georgia’s Cobb County School District had parents choose between virtual and in-person learning, then lifted its mask mandate. Many families are frantically figuring out how to navigate this reality. ProPublica reporter Nicole Carr is one of them.”