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Ellen Eldridge

Ellen Eldridge

Ellen Eldridge is a health care reporter for Georgia Public Broadcasting. She has previously worked as a breaking news reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The topics she most often writes about are mental and other health care issues, as well as public policy and safety.

One in five Georgians quit jobs to be caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic

By: - October 4, 2021

As word spread early last year about a novel coronavirus, families began changing their minds about putting aging parents in long-term residential care facilities. From there, the pandemic worsened an existing gap between those who need care and those who provide it, said Dr. Jennifer Olsen, the CEO of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers. “We […]

If young people do not receive their immunizations on time, we could see cases of measles and even whooping cough reemerge

Health officials say stop putting off routine childhood vaccinations

By: - April 26, 2021

Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a drop in routine childhood vaccinations as families stayed home to slow the spread of coronavirus. Now, they’re being reminded to not let those vaccines lapse. If young people do not receive their immunizations on time, we could see cases of measles and even whooping cough reemerge, […]

HHS secretary: ‘You probably live 5 miles’ from COVID-19 vaccination site

By: - April 19, 2021

In March, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp made everyone 16 and up eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. As of Monday, the rest of the country is following suit. The Biden administration says there are now enough vaccines to go around. Despite Georgia’s early start in opening the vaccine to those 16 and up, the state continues to rank […]

First shipments of COVID-19 vaccine arrive in coastal Georgia

By: - December 14, 2020

Two coastal Georgia public health facilities with ultracold freezers required for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine received the first shipments of 5,850 doses Monday, Georgia Department of Public Health officials said. Health care workers are among the first in line for vaccination including here in Georgia. No vaccine in history has ever been developed so fast, […]

Augusta University staff get vaccine next week if Pfizer gets FDA approval

By: - December 10, 2020

Augusta University Health System is making distribution plans for two COVID-19 vaccines ahead of the FDA’s approval for emergency use authorization. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday will consider the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer. The United States on Wednesday recorded its highest number of daily deaths — 3,140 — since the pandemic began. In […]

CDC: Adolescents nearly twice as likely to get COVID than younger kids

By: - September 29, 2020

Something changes once a child nears puberty or age 12 when it comes to the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers already knew that children under age 10 can catch and transmit the virus in school. But now, more than 277,000 COVID-19 cases have been […]

COVID-19 ‘long-haulers’ face heart, lung, inflammation-related ills

By: - September 10, 2020

Shortness of breath. Chronic fatigue. Muscle tremors. Brain fog. Many people who clear the novel coronavirus say they continue to suffer effects from COVID-19 infection. These “long haulers” include patients who were hospitalized as well as folks who never received a positive test for the disease. One thing they all seem to have in common […]

COVID-19 vaccine study moves into final phase with 30,000 volunteers

By: - July 28, 2020

The first vaccine against COVID-19 tested in the United States is moving into its final phase with promising results and 30,000 volunteers who are not infected with the disease. Dr. Nadine Rouphael of Emory University’s Hope Clinic and one of the authors on the study said the third and final phase will determine whether mRNA-1273 […]

‘Shocked and betrayed’ teachers resign after school board fails to ensure safety in reopening

By: - July 23, 2020

After the state and local boards of education failed to act on behalf of teachers, several decided to walk away from education rather than risk COVID-19 infection. That the Georgia Board of Education chose to meet remotely Thursday morning because of safety concerns and COVID-19 only served to stir the ire of teachers who are concerned about […]

Georgia parents, teachers face agonizing back-to-school decisions

By: - July 7, 2020

With all we don’t know about the coronavirus and keeping children safe, returning to school is much like a game of Russian roulette, some parents say. “It’s such a Catch-22 because it’s Russian roulette,” Meghan Roper said. “We should do what’s safe, but then in another sense these kids still have to learn; these parents […]