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Athens News Matters: Dr. Glen Nowak Discusses Vaccine Hesitancy

Sep 3, 2021

As struggles continue with overcoming a global pandemic, one common obstacle is once again rearing its head - vaccine hesitancy.

Dr. Glen Nowak is Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and Co director of the Center for Health and Risk Communication at the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

WUGA health correspondent Lauren Baggett talks with Dr. Glen Nowak: 


The school year has been off to a bumpy start as the Coronavirus Delta variant continues to spread. As part of their response the Clarke County School District launched a dashboard that updates with data on positive COVID cases among students and staff almost in real time.

As of noon Thursday, there were 260 confirmed COVID cases within the school district in the past two weeks, with approximately 6% of students and staff currently in quarantine.

Alexia Ridley talks with this week's panel: Chris Dowd and Gwen O'Looney

Nathan Papes/The Springfield News-Leader via AP

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a nurse staffing crisis that is forcing many U.S. hospitals to pay top dollar to get the help they need to handle the crush of patients this summer.

The problem, health leaders say, is twofold: Nurses are quitting or retiring, exhausted or demoralized by the crisis. And many are leaving for lucrative temporary jobs with traveling-nurse agencies that can pay $5,000 or more a week. The explosion in salaries has wreaked havoc on hospitals without deep enough pockets.

The Health Report: Hospital Staff Burnout

Sep 3, 2021

This week on the Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News discuss the emotional and physical strain on Georgia’s hospital staff caring for a record number of new COVID patients, most of whom are unvaccinated.