Devon Zwald

Assistant Producer/Athens News Matters

Many experts agree that renewable energy is crucial to fighting climate change, and many Americans are on board with the switch to more renewable energy sources. Except, that is, if it means having a solar array or wind farm next door, according to new research.

As the battle against COVID-19 continues, one University of Georgia researcher says he may have found a “game-changer” – a drug used for years to treat gout.

WUGA's Alexia Ridley talks with Ralph Tripp: 

Local hospitals are still showing signs of strain from the latest COVID-19 surge.

St. Mary’s and Piedmont Athens Regional’s emergency departments are listed as overcrowded by the Georgia Coordinating Center. Both hospitals' intensive care units are unable to accept incoming ambulance traffic as of this morning.  Piedmont Athens Regional is also in medical diversion.

In Region E, the region which both Athens hospitals are located within, ICU beds are at 97% capacity and inpatient beds are at 89% capacity.

Hospitalizations in Athens and the surrounding counties continue with 42% of all patients in Region E classified as COVID-19 patients.

Emergency department beds in Region E are 52% full. As of this morning, local hospital, St. Mary’s emergency department is normal, while Piedmont Athens Regional’s emergency department is overcrowded, according to the Georgia Coordinating Center.

The framework for a police civilian oversight board has been in the Athens-Clarke County Government Operations Committee for months.

Now, it’s beginning to reach its final stages and commissioners could vote on it early next month. District 5 Commissioner, Tim Denson, is a member of the Government Operations Committee.

WUGA's Chris Shupe talks with Tim Denson: