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Signs Of Hope In Georgia's COVID-19 Hotspot

There are signs that healthcare workers in the COVID-19 hotspot in southwest Georgia are playing from a stronger hand than the one they were dealt at the start of the crisis — even if it seems clear the crisis is far from over.

Phoebe Health reported at the end of last week they had developed their own, two-hour turnaround rapid coronavirus test. They also released a patient who had at one time been on ventilator support and they had at least one day in which they released more...

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Phoebe Health

There are signs that healthcare workers in the COVID-19 hotspot in southwest Georgia are playing from a stronger hand than the one they were dealt at the start of the crisis — even if it seems clear the crisis is far from over.

Phoebe Health reported at the end of last week they had developed their own, two-hour turnaround rapid coronavirus test. They also released a patient who had at one time been on ventilator support and they had at least one day in which they released more COVID-19 patients than they admitted to the hospital.

CVS.com

CVS Health on Monday opened a drive-thru coronavirus testing site on the Georgia Tech campus.

The launch of the testing site is a joint effort between the pharmacy chain, and state and federal governments in a push to open more drive-thru testing sites throughout the state. CVS opened its first drive-thru testing site March 19 in Massachusetts.

The Georgia Tech site is located at a parking deck on campus and staffed with CVS nurse practitioners and physician assistants from the store's retail medical clinic. 

Patients can register in advance at CVS.com to schedule a same-day time slot for testing. Anyone who wants a test must be symptomatic and meet criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Brendan Wood / Flickr

One of Georgia's largest utility companies is offering special programs for people who may be struggling to pay their power bill.

Georgia Power is partnering with the Salvation Army and the Division of Family and Children Services to help qualifying, low-income households pay their energy bills.


Canva

A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the new coronavirus, in what is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the U.S. or a tiger anywhere, federal officials and the zoo said Sunday.

City of Tybee Island

Calling Gov. Brian Kemp's decision to reopen beaches statewide a "reckless mandate", Tybee Island's mayor questioned the actions as the state shelters in place under another directive from Kemp. 

Tybee Island's beaches are a popular tourist destination for residents of Georgia and other visitors, especially as warm weather returns. 

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