Morning Reads for Tuesday, August 17

  • In an attempt to encourage state employees to get vaccinated, the Governor announced an impromptu state holiday the Friday before Labor Day. (He did not announce surveillance testing for unvaccinated state employees. He also did not announce a holiday 21 days from the Friday prior to Labor Day.)
  • The latest COVID-19 surge, fueled by the Delta variant, is “out of control” in Georgia — and there is no reason to believe that cases will do anything except continue to skyrocket.
  • A plan to monitor and address rising sea levels in Savannah and Chatham County won approval — and funding — from NOAA.
  • Carolyn Bordeaux is one of nine Congressional moderates pushing for swift passage of the infrastructure bill. 
  • The rate of unvaccinated health care workers is alarming, particularly in long-term care facilities — and the reasons they are unvaccinated vary.
  • One million Georgians will see an increase in their nutrition benefits, in part because the cost of food has increased.
  • Stories from Georgia Health News make frequent appearances in my weekly link roundup, and they’ve broken major stories in Georgia, including the ethylene oxide news. And unlike many news outlets, they’re growing. Good for them!

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