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Volunteers, mostly from the Single Moms Connect support group, prepare grocery boxes during one of the group's twice monthly food disbursals in Houston County.

Cost of COVID: Food Bank Labor Dries Up

Grant Blankenship November 22, 2020

It was one of those gray, wet and warm days that pass for fall in Georgia when, in a parking lot across from a white clapboard church in Warner Robins, the women of Single Moms Connect started packing...

Macon-Bibb County Health Department and its community partners  pass out face masks and COVID-19 information during a drive-thru holiday event held Thursday.

COVID Safety During the Holidays

Nicole Bailey-Covin November 19, 2020

It's that time of year when the focus turns to the traditional holiday turkey, traveling plans and spending time with family. Because of the rapid spread of COVID-19, travel is considered risky this...

COVID-19 has changed the way people in substance abuse recovery can connect with other people.

Cost of COVID: Impact on Addiction Recovery

Nicole Bailey-Covin November 18, 2020

The ongoing fight against substance abuse became harder when the Coronavirus surfaced. The cost of COVID-19 on addiction recovery includes statistics revealing increased cases of overdose, painful personal...

Cost of COVID: renewed appreciation of local libraries

Amyre Makupson November 16, 2020

We've all been affected by the cost of COVID in one way or another, and your local public library is no exception. The days of the Dewey Decimal System may be long gone, but right now, people...

On The Table conversations begin virtually on Nov 16  and run thru Nov 20.

On The Table Conversation Brings Community Together

Nicole Bailey-Covin November 12, 2020

At a time when our communities might feel divided, there is an opportunity to come together, talk and put positive plans into action.  Returning for the third year is the civic engagement initiative,...

Cost of COVID: fitness first

Amyre Makupson November 9, 2020

The quarantine 15 … that's a silly way some people are describing the weight gain they've experienced at home during the Covid-19 lockdown. As we continue our series looking at the Cost of COVID Amyre...

Cost of COVID: making money with masks

Amyre Makupson November 6, 2020

It's the hottest accessory that the fashion world never saw coming... As we continue our series looking into the various 'Costs of COVID,' Amyre Makupson with Mercer University's Center for...

Bibb County students, like this student at Heritage Elementary school, were given laptops for at home, virtual school beginning in August.

Cost of COVID: Mayor vetoes $765K to boost internet technology for Bibb students

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow November 5, 2020

Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Virgil Watkins made his point about inequities in internet access without saying a word Tuesday night. Watkins’ video froze on a Zoom call just as he wanted to speak...

Cost of COVID: Isolation is especially difficult for seniors with dementia

Amyre Makupson October 23, 2020

Too much isolation isn’t good for anyone but when it comes to people with dementia, the effects can be particularly devastating. Shelter in place in orders are putting a lot of unwanted distance between...

Some of the items boxed up for people during the Oct. 9 food give-a-way in South Macon.

Food Insecurity and the COVID Impact

Nicole Bailey-Covin October 14, 2020

What is the cost of COVID for families now forced to turn to food pantries in order to eat? According to the Urban Institute, one in six Americans were left food insecure during the first two months of...

Cost of COVID: area universities adapt to new learning modules

Amyre Makupson October 9, 2020

After making a lot of changes to the classroom in light of COVID-19, many area schools are approaching the mid-point in their semester. “We’re very safe at the moment, but again, our faculty, staff...

 Some colleges in Central Georgia have become vaccine distribution sites to fight COVID-19.

COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Public Opinion

Nicole Bailey-Covin October 8, 2020

Matthew Odom, contracted COVID-19  earlier this year  and survived the virus even with some pre-existing  kidney issues. The Mercer graduate, and award winning  photographer said he contracted the...

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