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State records change makes for speedy reports

The Georgia Vital Events Registration System (GAVERS) made the electronic filing of death records and certificates much faster than old paper methods. (Source: WALB) The Georgia Vital Events Registration System (GAVERS) made the electronic filing of death records and certificates much faster than old paper methods. (Source: WALB)
Dougherty Co. Coroner Michael Fowler (Source: WALB) Dougherty Co. Coroner Michael Fowler (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Public Health officials and the Dougherty County Coroner are helping spread the word about upgrades to the state's vital records network.

The Georgia Vital Events Registration System (GAVERS) made the electronic filing of death records and certificates much faster than old paper methods.

A death certificate no longer has to be mailed from a doctor's office to a funeral home to the state. That process often took weeks to complete.

"They can almost do it in a day's time," said Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler. "So that would speed the process up by being on this system."

Fowler and State Department of Public Health officials held a seminar with funeral home directors and hospital officials today to review how to use the GAVERS system.

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