As the CEO and co-founder of Patientco, I have the privilege of partnering with Health System leaders each and every day to help them better serve their communities. In fact, I consider many of them more than partners, they’re my friends. To address the current resource needs in my own home state of Georgia, I’ve partnered with other business and community leaders via GeorgiaALIVE to help bring awareness and much needed supplies to our local health systems.

First, let me tell you about GeorgiaALIVE and what we’re doing. Then, if you’d like to lend a hand, I’ll share a few ways you can show your support.

What is GeorgiaALIVE?

GeorgiaALIVE is an initiative to track and forecast the spread of COVID-19 specifically within the state of GA. With this knowledge, the GeorgiaALIVE team, along with its supporters, are helping address the needs of the state’s healthcare system during the crisis. 

We’re focusing our efforts on 3 areas:

1. Tracking & modeling the spread of COVID-19

Predicting the impact of COVID-19 in GA and responding proactively requires an accurate view of data. Due to challenges with rolling out COVID-19 testing, the number of positive cases is a poor metric for tracking the impact of the virus. This is why GeorgiaALIVE has chosen to compare the growth in daily deaths against other regions to forecast the state’s future caseload. This approach will help us respond to our state’s most critical needs as we navigate the pandemic. Our approach also aligns with Dr. Christopher Murray’s model from the University of Washington, who is providing forecasts for the President and his medical team.

2. Promoting awareness of shelter-in-place

Everyone has a role to play in this pandemic. For non-essential workers, that role is staying at home. Medical experts are encouraging continued social distancing to mitigate the spread of the virus, so GeorgiaALIVE is promoting awareness of the state’s shelter-in-place order. We have even launched a grassroots campaign encouraging everyone to take the shelter-in-place order seriously. After all, the sooner we hunker down, the sooner we’ll get through this.

3. Acquiring critical resources for GA hospitals

The GeorgiaALIVE team is also doing everything they can to ensure our hospitals have enough supplies. This includes ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE). Many of GeorgiaALIVE’s leaders and supporters are actively involved in their local business communities. By working with the state, they are lending their business acumen to help negotiate the purchase and distribution of critical resources to healthcare workers battling the virus.

How can I support GeorgiaALIVE?

I’m glad you asked! There are lots of ways you can help. One way to show your support is by making a donation. Your funds will be put to work in our campaign to encourage residents to shelter in place and acquire PPE and ventilators for our hospitals. If you want to leverage your social media channels to make a difference, you can download and share images to spread the word about the importance of staying at home. Additionally, there’s also merchandise, like t-shirts and coffee mugs. Every sale helps in the fight against COVID-19.

Join me and make a difference – together, we can beat this pandemic.