Buzz: Slow week for new flu cases in Georgia. Gas prices drop anywhere from a penny to 12 cents a gallon across Northwest Georgia.

Buzz: Slow week for new flu cases in Georgia. Gas prices drop anywhere from a penny to 12 cents a gallon across Northwest Georgia.

The fifth week of flu reports show the season is off to a mild start, based on Georgia Department of Health data. So far, 31 people have been hospitalized for the illness.

Most are in 18-49 age group, or 11 in all. Six others were 50-64 and eight were 65 and older. Three patients were between newborn and 4, and three others were ages 5 through 17, the latest data shows (week ending Oct. 26). You can view the complete report here. For tips on prevention, please click here.


 

Gas prices drop from a penny to 12 cents a gallon across Northwest Georgia last week, according to the latest numbers from AAA South. Through Sunday, here are the latest averages for our area.

  • Floyd County: Sunday: $2.38. Last week: $2.39.
  • Bartow County: Sunday: $2.42. Last week: $2.49.
  • Gordon County: Sunday: $2.40.  Last week: $2.40.
  • Polk County: $2.45. Sunday: Last week: $2.45.
  • Chattooga County: Sunday: $2.31. Last week: $2.43.
  • Overall (from AAA): Georgia gas prices continue to hold steady at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.43 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday’s state average is 4 cents less than a month ago, and 14 cents less than this time last year. It now costs $36.45 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline. That is $6.15 less than what motorists paid in May of 2018, when pump prices hit their peak of $2.84 per gallon. “Georgia gas prices have been trending lower for the past two weeks,” said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “When it comes time to fill-up, motorists should keep in mind that gas stations along highly traveled routes may find prices more expensive than in-town.”
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