Jessica Wurst

Assistant Producer/Athens News Matters

ACC Mayor Kelly Girtz joins us to talk about how the city is preparing for an influx of 93,000 football fans, as vaccination rates remain under par and the Delta variant rages across the country.

Chris Shupe talks with Mayor Girtz:


Several Athens residents expressed concern about the Clarke County School District's COVID-19 response during yesterday's board meeting.

14 residents came forward to discuss the school district's response to the rising COVID-19 cases in Athens. Multiple people, including a healthcare professional, claimed that the district is not following the proper CDC guidelines. "I am very familiar with the CDC guidelines, which are not being followed."

Whether it's on a PS5, an Xbox, a computer, or the phone in your pocket - many of us are spending more and more time playing digital games.

While that can be an escape for some, for others, it can be addicting and hazardous for mental health.

WUGA's Jessica Wurst has more on the causes and treatments for screen overuse in this story.

Montez Carter, CEO of St. Mary's Healthcare System
St. Mary's Healthcare System

As COVID-19 case numbers continue to surge again, the CEOs of Athens’ two hospitals expressed their frustration during a community conversation today hosted by the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce.

Piedmont Athens Regional CEO Michael Burnett and Montez Carter, CEO of St. Mary's Health Care, say roughly 90% of patients admitted to their hospitals are unvaccinated. Burnett says the vaccine is effective, yet people are still refusing it -- causing the Piedmont staff to become frustrated.

Athens-Clarke County saw its first COVID-related death in two months.   Yesterday's reported death in Clarke County was the first since mid-June.

Neighboring Madison and Jackson counties also saw their first deaths in roughly a month yesterday, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.