Georgia judge thwarts Biden vaccine mandate for contractors

A federal judge in Augusta has temporarily blocked the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate set to go into effect for federal contractors next month. The decision, which will have a nationwide impact, comes in response to a lawsuit filed by Georgia Gov. Brian

DeKalb County giving $100 gift cards for COVID vaccinations today

DeKalb County will give a $100 prepaid debit card to everyone who receives a COVID-19 vaccination today, Saturday, Dec. 4. The vaccination event is focusing on the multicultural community along the Buford Highway corridor. Since June 2021, DeKalb County has given $100

Georgia resident tests positive for Omicron variant

A Georgia resident who came back from South Africa recently has tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19. According to the Georgia Department of Health, the individual recently traveled from South Africa and was in Georgia for two days before traveling

Which counties in Georgia have the highest COVID-19 death rate?

As has been true throughout America’s COVID-19 history, every state—and every county therein—has its own COVID-19 story, driven by local policies and behaviors. The United States as of Dec. 1 had reached780,784 COVID-19-related deaths and 48.6 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns

Tips to keep COVID and the flu away during the holidays

As the holiday season kicks off the Georgia Department of Health is offering tips and guidance for how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the flu during holiday gatherings with friends and family. The COVID vaccine has helped make celebrating upcoming

Georgia sues Biden administration over vaccine mandates

Georgia has joined six other states in filing a long-threatened complaint against President Joe Biden and other federal agencies over the White House’s COVID vaccine mandates. Gov. Brian Kemp and Attorney General Chris Carr filed the complaint late last week in the

Fulton County Schools ready to move to mask optional status

In response to a downward trend in COVID-19 cases throughout Fulton County, Fulton County Schools will be making some changes to its mask requirements in the coming weeks. At the beginning of the school year, Fulton County Schools implemented a Mitigation Matrix, which uses

Georgia hits 50% vaccination milestone

Georgia reached an important milestone in the fight against COVID-19. The Georgia Department of Public Health is reporting that 50% of all Georgians are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The total number of vaccinated people in Georgia is just over 5.1 million,

COVID booster shots will be available Tuesday. Do you need one?

The Georgia Department of Public Health and health districts throughout Georgia will begin offering booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine Tuesday, Oct. 26, pending guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These boosters are in addition

Augusta University Health allows more visitors due to declining COVID numbers

AUGUSTA — As hospitalization numbers of patients with COVID-19 continue to decrease, AU Health has updated its family presence practices for patients and families in AU Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Georgia. Effective today, two individuals may now be at a patient’s bedside, as long as

Gwinnett County will pay you $100 to get vaccinated

Following the success of a similar effort in DeKalb County, Gwinnett County will be holding a vaccine drive and offering $100 to those who get the coronavirus vaccine at the event. The county is offering $100 Visa gift cards to people ages

Cobb County’s COVID-19 emergency declaration has been extended

Cobb County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Lisa Cupid signed a second extension of the county’s Declaration of Emergency today concerning the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  The extension will allow upcoming public meetings to be held virtually, keep the county’s emergency operations plan in place,

‘Mask Up for Kids’ campaign kicks off

Three child advocacy organizations in Georgia are launching an ad campaign encouraging both adults and children to wear masks to discourage the spread of COVID-19. A series of public service announcements set to begin airing Tuesday features children too young to be

Report confirms COVID-19 vaccines are effective

A new report shows COVID-19 vaccinations may have helped prevent roughly 5,100 new COVID-19 infections and 700 deaths among seniors in Georgia during the first five months of this year. The study, conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

DeKalb vaccinates 2,100 at October vaccination event

DeKalb County vaccinated 2,100 people at a vaccination event at Stonecrest Mall Oct. 2. “This has been a great day for DeKalb in our ongoing fight against COVID-19,” DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond said. “I thank all of our partners, employees and