University of Georgia employees are finding out, starting today, whether they will be required to get a coronavirus vaccine. The vaccine requirement for UGA staff stems from an executive order from President Biden, and applies to faculty, staff, and student employees whose work is funded – totally or in part – by federal contracts as well as those whose work is “in connection with” a federal contract.

ACC COVID numbers show improvement in some areas

Oct 21, 2021
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Athens-Clarke County officials are reporting some positive trends in COVID-19 cases. One important metric, the number of cases per 100,000 residents, is improveming. ACC saw 77.9 cases per 100,000 residents during the seven day period ending Wednesday, compared with 96.6 cases per 100,000 the week before. Hospital admissions also declined – 34 new admissions versus 59 the previous week.

One area where there seemed to be no improvement however, is in the county’s vaccination rate, which remained at just 45 percent across the county.

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The recent announcement from the CDC that suggests that people who are fully vaccinated can forgo masks in many situations came as a surprise to many. In the days following the announcement, some reacted with skepticism, saying that the CDC moved too quickly. 

Dr. Mark Ebell from the University of Georgia College of Public Health says the CDC's guidance is appropriate, and he joined Alexia Ridley to talk about what the guidance means, his concerns, and why you may still want to keep a mask handy.

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Georgia House lawmakers want to shift more money into public health and nursing homes, saying the state needs to spend more in response to the coronavirus pandemic. House appropriations subcommittees on Tuesday made proposed changes to the current year’s budget.

Athens-Area COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Jan 11, 2021

Piedmont Healthcare began vaccinating patients 65 older against COVID-19 Monday. According to a statement from Piedmont, the supply is limited and system hospitals will contact patients to schedule appointments. Piedmont is operating seven dedicated vaccination clinics throughout the communities it serves. Those clinics are not located in any of the system’s medical facilities.