From concerns about Georgia’s teen suicide rate to the first Georgians to test positive for Coronavirus, this week has been an informative one. Here are some facts and figures we learned this week in the Peach State.
Georgia’s teen suicide rate is a bigger problem than we thought
According to Voices for Georgia’s Children, an advocacy group lobbying for more funding for behavioral health, the number of Georgia teens who attempted suicide jumped by 45.6% between 2017 and 2018.
More disturbing news about Georgia’s rural health crisis
In the same report about teen suicide, we also learned that 64 of Georgia’s 159 counties do not have a pediatrician located inside the county.
The Coronavirus now has Georgia ties
While the Coronavirus hasn’t made it to the Peach State yet, two Georgia residents have tested positive for the virus while traveling abroad. An 80-year-old couple from Decatur tested positive while on a cruise ship in Tokyo.
UGA’s Tifton Campus is getting a new dean
The University of Georgia announced that Michael Toews has been appointed assistant dean and will oversee the Tifton campus. The appointment comes on the heels of an announcement by former dean Joe West, who will be retiring at the end of the month. Toews was previously a professor in UGA’s Dept. of Enyomology.
Georgia unveiled its new court building, the Nathan Deal Judicial Center earlier this week. The building is set to be the most expensive state-funded facility in Georgia history, clocking in at $130 million in construction costs.