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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.  

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 The number of COVID-19 cases is rising in Georgia, although infections in the state are not climbing as fast as those nationwide. The daily average of infections is more than 10% below the recent low on Oct. 8, and the average number of people in the hospital with the illness has been rising for a week. 

The number of counties where the state said COVID-19 may be spreading the fastest rose from 43 last week to 56 this week. Georgia has recorded more than 340,000 confirmed virus cases since March. As of Monday, the state had confirmed 7,657 COVID-19 deaths.

State and Local COVID-19 Numbers

Oct 16, 2020
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Georgia is currently reporting more than 337-thousand cumulative cases of COVID-19 infections, about 7,000 cases higher than last Friday, with the death toll at 7,559. Over 30,000 people have been hospitalized, with ICU admissions over 5,000. About 82% of all ICU beds in Georgia are occupied and 29.1% of adult ventilators are currently in use.