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Computer virus hits hospitals’ network

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. — A suburban Atlanta hospital system temporarily asked ambulances to take patients to other hospitals when possible on Friday because of a computer virus that slowed patient registration and other operations.

Gwinnett Medical Center spokeswoman Beth Okun told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday that emergency room and trauma patients once again were being accepted.

On Friday, trauma patients were diverted to the closest facility. The staff switched to paperwork to enter information for patients who were accepted.

The infection was discovered Wednesday afternoon and also affected operations at Gwinnett Medical campuses in Lawrenceville and Duluth.

Okun told The Journal-Constitution that monitoring systems had seen no sign of the virus since Friday afternoon.

Authorities say man ran off with tip jar

COLUMBUS, GA. — Police have arrested a man they say used a cigarette lighter to burn a layer of duct tape off a tip jar so he could steal the money inside.

Police say Brandon Huff, 25, freed the jar from a vending stand in downtown Co­lum­bus by detaching the lid, then ran off with the jar containing $18 in his pants early Saturday.

Police say a security guard stopped Huff and recovered the jar. Huff told police he didn’t steal the jar and that he had just been paid and was buying drinks for friends at a club.

Huff pleaded not guilty to one count of robbery by snatching and was being held on $2,500 bond in the Muscogee County jail.

– Associated Press


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