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COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Athens-Clarke County.

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 36 new COVID cases in Clarke County yesterday. This number is tied with Wednesday, the 28th, for the highest number of new cases since early March. The PCR test positivity rate for the past two weeks in Athens increased to 10.3%, showing steady growth in cases since last month.

Surrounding counties are seeing similar surges. Madison County's 2-week PCR testing positivity rate is 14.1% and Jackson County is at 14.8%.

Climate change and limited water resources are taking a toll on the habitat of endangered plants, but Georgia conservationists are taking a fresh approach to the problem. GPB's Grant Blankeship filed this report.

The last 17 months have been grueling for healthcare workers, and burnout is an increasing worry. A new study from the University of Georgia says that more physical activity could be crucial to managing the stress that healthcare workers face. Alexia Ridley talked with researcher Marilyn Wolff.

Athens News Matters: GMOA Exhibits On Display

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The Georgia Museum of Art has been open to guests since August of 2020, but the Museum has a great variety of exhibits on display this summer:

Athens News Matters for 7/30/2021: The Panel

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Alexia Ridley talks with Chris Dowd, Gwen O'Looney and Blake Aued.

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On this edition of Athens News Matters: District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez, how physical activity may help control burnout among health care workers, plus our panel on the week in news and politics.

Hosts: Chris Shupe and Alexia Ridley

Today on Athens News Matters, as the CDC’s moratorium on evictions winds down, Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Tim Denson joins us to talk about local relief efforts and as coronavirus cases rise again, we’ll talk to a panel of health care experts about the Delta variant, how to increase the area’s vaccination rate, and what the next few months could look like.

Today on Athens News Matters:

How the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement is training the next generation of activists

A UGA researcher hits a major milestone in his work to develop a new coronavirus vaccine.  

Our panel on the week in news and politics.  Those stories, plus, counting the county’s trees – coming up on Athens News Matters. 

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