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The Health Report: COVID in Georgia-How to go Forward?

Jul 23, 2021

This week on the Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News discuss the troubling new surge of COVID-19 cases in Georgia and the debate about how to go forward.

The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department will host the first of three TSPLOST public workshops today at 6PM.

Central Services, Transportation and Public Works, and other Clarke County staff will help residents develop and submit transportation project proposals for TSPLOST 2023.

The proceeds are in from the Amplify Athens fundraising concert for Family Connection-Communities in Schools Athens. Last month’s event raised $10,000 for the Athens nonprofit which works to help young people and their families. Tim Johnson is Executive Director of FC-CIS. He says the money can help in a variety of ways.

“A lot of our funding, of course is restricted, and has to be spent on certain things,” according to Johnson. “The great thing about Amplify funding is that we can use it to fill in the gaps to provide our ongoing work in the community.”

A University of Georgia Researcher is approaching a breakthrough in his efforts to develop a second-generation COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Biao He was able to get his vaccine produced and testing done earlier this year, but the pandemic forced some measures to be postponed.

“So our community trial got postponed, and I’m glad to tell you right now, we got cleared by [the] FDA for community trial and we are hoping on July 26th, we will have the first patient in for the testing in the U.S.,” according to He.

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Georgia House Speaker David Ralston is proposing a $75 million funding package aimed at addressing crime. The package would include a $1,000 bonus for local police and sheriffs’ employees and provide more funding for law enforcement and mental health programs.

The proposal comes on the heels of Governor Brian Kemp’s Monday announcement that he would include anti-crime proposals for lawmakers to consider this fall when they return for a special session to redraw electoral districts.