Thomas Wheatley
Jun 22, 2022 - News

Covid shots for tots start to arrive in Georgia

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

PSA, parents: Georgia pediatricians this week have started administering the COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as six months.

  • However, many health officials are telling parents to stay tuned as they prepare their doses.
Thomas Wheatley
Apr 26, 2022 - News

Atlanta business travel is still below pre-pandemic levels

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The business traveler — a once-familiar sight in Atlanta's corporate hubs — is slowly returning to metro Atlanta, but not at pre-pandemic levels.

Why it matters: Atlanta is a convention hotspot, and parts of the metro region — particularly downtown — have relied on that steady stream of people to book hotel rooms, eat in restaurants and visit attractions.

Thomas Wheatley
Mar 7, 2022 - News

Georgia left thousands waiting for COVID unemployment aid

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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Thousands of Georgians laid off during the COVID pandemic waited weeks, and in some cases several months, to receive their first unemployment check because the state labor department was short-staffed and unprepared, a new state audit says.

Why it matters: The state’s assistance program for unemployed Georgians is funded by employers’ payments. Accessing those benefits should be simple, fast and reliable.

Kristal Dixon
Jan 10, 2022 - News

Georgia eases some COVID guidelines for school districts

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

The state Department of Public Health has relaxed some guidelines for Georgia school districts in their efforts to fight COVID-19 in the classroom.

A letter sent Thursday by Gov. Brian Kemp and DPH Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey says educators and school staff who are exposed to COVID-19 can return to work, regardless of their vaccination status or when they were exposed “if their employer deems it necessary to ensure adequate staffing.”

Kristal Dixon
Jan 7, 2022 - News

Atlanta schools to reopen with COVID test-to-stay measures

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

New protocols will soon be in place for Atlanta Public School students and staff.

Why it matters: With the record-high transmission of COVID-19 in communities, implementing stricter measures will allow APS to better manage the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

Kristal Dixon
Jan 6, 2022 - News

Atlanta schools plan student COVID-19 surveillance testing

Magnets on a school locker in the shape of a contact tracing chart.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Atlanta Public Schools is encouraging their employees and students to take part in voluntary surveillance testing Thursday and Friday to help better track the spread of COVID-19.

The testing will be held at nine cluster sites from noon to 5pm. Parents can consent to allowing their children to get tested by clicking here or by visiting one of the test sites.

Kristal Dixon
Jan 3, 2022 - News

Omicron sends Atlanta students back to virtual classrooms

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Metro Atlanta students will begin the spring 2022 semester remotely amid the latest spike in COVID-19 cases.

School systems in Atlanta, Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton will start the semester this week with virtual learning due to high community transmission of COVID-19 in their counties.

Thomas Wheatley
Nov 8, 2021 - News

Where to find pediatric COVID vaccines in Atlanta

Blue teddy bear with orange band-aid on its arm.
Maura Losch/Axios

Starting this week, public health departments throughout metro Atlanta will start administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5 to 11.


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