By Meredith Anderson and Photojournalist Irisa Wheeler
We’re still a month away from Election Day, and it’s already one for the history books. More people than ever before will cast a ballot at home, and that means more ballots than ever before will arrive at polling places by mail.
Cyberattacks appear to be increasing in the pandemic and cybercriminals are using new tricks against us. Now, security experts are racing to stop the million and billion dollar holdups from spinning out of control.
It’s now been six long months since families have been able to visit their loved ones in nursing homes. Fear of the virus led state leaders to suspend visitation in long-term care facilities in March, but keeping visitors out has not kept COVID-19 out.
Widespread and expanding community spread of the virus is impacting Georgia’s healthcare system. ICU beds are now at 85 percent capacity throughout the state. Augusta University Medical Center and University Hospital are among the dozens of hospitals diverting ICU patients to other hospitals over the last two weeks.
Families remain cut off from loved ones in nursing homes as COVID-19 continues to ravage long term facilities. Pre-pandemic, families relied on the ombudsman to investigate allegations of abuse or neglect, but even they are now cut off from nursing home residents.
A mother and her boyfriend sit in jail charged with the murder of a 12-year-old boy. Warrants accuse Jasmine Camp and Clarence Brown of punishing the child to death while other children in the home listened.
Georgia’s top leaders say backlogs in processing COVID tests makes it nearly impossible to conduct contact tracing. But the backlog is also putting families in limbo as they wait days or even weeks in quarantine for their results.
The I-Team continues to dig deeper into dispatch problems at Aiken County 911. Our ongoing investigation this month has uncovered massive turnover at the department and a lack of medical training for dispatchers compared to other local counties.
Paul Tarashuk would have celebrated his 28th birthday this month, but instead, his parents are pushing the federal government to hold Orangeburg County EMS and the sheriff’s office accountable for possible violations of the Americans with Disabilities act.
Years of problems and pollution at the Richmond County landfill have caused concern for neighbors and will cost the city millions. The issues link to broken pipes, broken systems, and allegations of mismanagement.
Earlier this week, we showed you how mistakes inside Aiken 911 dispatch center is costing critical minutes to save lives. You heard from devastated families and Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt himself.
Doctors, nurses, medical students, and health experts continue to fight the spread of COVID-19. Now they will likely have to do it with even less money in Georgia. The economic fallout is hitting every aspect of the state budget.