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The Democratic head of a congressional coronavirus oversight panel has demanded that Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and three other Republican governors provide documents showing how their states are combating the pandemic. Similar letters were sent to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt.

COVID-19 Cases Strain Area Hospital Resources

Jul 29, 2020
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As Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Georgia, hospitals in Athens are starting to be overwhelmed. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that, since Friday of last week, all of the ICU beds in the Athens region’s 12 counties have been full.

The Piedmont Athens Regional Medical centers refused to address the undersupply of ICU beds but did acknowledge in a statement that patient volumes fluctuate. St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens announced that it would no longer take requests to receive ICU patients. Both said that they could meet ICU needs by calling on sister facilities.

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Deaths remain at elevated levels and newly detected cases keep rising, but the number of Georgians in the hospital with COVID-19 is dropping a little, one hopeful sign in a state where infections have been flaring since early June. 

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Georgia’s 26 public universities could lose nearly $500 million in room, board and student fees if no students return to campus this fall.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the University System of Georgia made the estimates as some faculty, staff and students pressure administrators to conduct all classes online. Regents and University System Chancellor Steve Wrigley have consistently called for all universities to offer in-person instruction.

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Dozens of U.S. colleges are announcing plans to test students for the coronavirus this fall, but their strategies vary widely. Colby College in Maine plans to test all students every other day for two weeks and then twice a week. Harvard University will test students on campus three times a week.