May 29, 2024 10:50 am
Close this search box.

Local News

The Flu Season Is Here, and Georgia Has the Nation’s Highest Flu Rate

Credit: iStock

Staff Writer

As Georgia is among the states that report high flu activity, the emergency department and urgent care centers in the state are facing a flux of patients. Although the specific number of incoming patients remains unknown, a hospital spokesperson has revealed that the surge is two to three times their normal volume of patients.

Moreover, according to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the number of sick children is “unprecedented.” At the same time, other respiratory viruses that are circulating in the state have appeared to impact some groups more than others, namely infants and older adults. As healthcare systems around the region are experiencing the pressure that comes with patient surges, the severity of influenza the U.S. will experience should receive special attention.

Georgia Supreme Court justices appear skeptical of Athens DA’s claim of open records exemption

In an upcoming ruling, Georgia’s Supreme Court will weigh in on a claim brought by Athens-Clarke District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez, arguing that top prosecutors are exempt from the state’s open records laws. The case involves assertions that the trial court overlooked a constitutional provision in denying Gonzalez’s motion to dismiss an open records complaint, mirroring similar immunity arguments made by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in a separate case related to the 2020 presidential election interference.

CNN sets first Biden-Trump presidential debate for June 27 in Atlanta

CNN announced today that it will host a debate between President Joe Biden and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the network’s Atlanta studios on June 27, with no audience present. Both candidates have agreed to participate, marking a pivotal moment in the lead-up to the November election as they engage in direct exchanges over key issues.

Georgia public colleges to expand admissions testing requirements for fall 2026

Georgia colleges are reverting to requiring standardized test scores for all new applicants, signaling a shift from pandemic-era policies. Beginning in fall 2026, institutions including Augusta University, The University of Georgia, and Georgia Tech will mandate SAT or ACT scores, a decision unanimously approved by the Georgia Board of Regents.