Closings/changes: Latest on healthcare visits, closed schools and colleges, government services.

Closings/changes: Latest on healthcare visits, closed schools and colleges, government services.

Local update: Please send any new updates to druck@hometownheadlines.com


SUNDAY UPDATES:

We thank the area churches that sent us updates on service cancellations and online worship. We had four services streaming earlier today. We will do so again next Sunday. We ask that all check with their respective churches regarding weekday operations as most have been canceled.

The Rome YMCA will now be closed until March 30. Due to current health concerns associated with COVID-19, and to honor our commitment to social responsibility, the Rome YMCA is closed until Monday, March 30, 2020. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates to staff, Y members and participants as they are available.


Harbin Clinic sets new visitor restrictions: In an ongoing effort to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, Harbin Clinic is implementing visitor restrictions. These precautions are being put in place to protect the health of Harbin Clinic patients, employees and the community.

Effective immediately, the following restrictions will apply:

  • Visitors to all Harbin Clinic locations will be limited to patients and their accompanying guests only.
  • Patients are asked to limit the number of accompanying guests as much as possible.
  • No vendors allowed, including pharmaceutical and medical device representatives.

This policy applies to all Harbin Clinic locations, including Immediate Care. At the current time, online scheduling is not available. As a reminder, patients visiting any Harbin Clinic location should call before coming if they have cough, fever or shortness of breath AND think they may have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19.

Additional considerations will apply to Harbin Clinic Pediatrics Rome and Women’s Center patients due to these departments being located at the 330 Physician Center on Floyd Medical Center’s campus. Patients arriving for appointments at these locations will be subject to screening before entering the building.

Harbin Clinic Women’s Center:

  • Whenever possible, patients should attend appointments alone or limit the number of accompanying guests as much as possible.
  • Any patient experiencing fever or respiratory symptoms should contact the office to discuss whether or not the appointment needs to be rescheduled.
  • All patients with fever, shortness of breath and cough will be masked.

Harbin Clinic Pediatrics Rome:

  • Pediatrics patients that do not have scheduled appointments will be asked to call prior to presenting at the practice.
  • All patients with fever, shortness of breath and cough will be masked.
  • As long as they have an appointment, Pediatrics Rome patients with fever will be allowed to enter the 330 Physician Center on the Floyd Medical Center campus.
  • Pediatrics patients are asked to limit the number of accompanying guests as much as possible.

Visit HarbinClinic.com/coronavirus for more.

Redmond Regional Medical Center implementing “No Visitation” Policy: To reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses, effective 8:30pm Friday, Redmond will implement a “No Visitation” policy. There are a few exceptions and allowances to the policy (see below). During this time, visitors may want to consider alternate communication options, such as audio call, FaceTime, text, Skype, email, etc. Thank you for your help in maintaining a safe environment for our patients, colleagues, and entire community!

*EXCEPTIONS ARE:
– One dedicated caregiver for outpatient surgery and/or testing
– Hospice patient special exception
– One dedicated parent or caregiver for pediatric patients.

Further exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis.

Floyd sets new visitor restrictions: “In an ongoing effort to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, Floyd is expanding visitor restrictions that will include a brief health screening at entrances to numerous facilities effective Friday, March 13. Floyd is taking this additional measure to protect the health of our patients, their families and our medical staff.  Effective immediately, patients will be permitted only one visitor, unless deemed absolutely necessary by the patient’s health care team. The following restrictions will apply:

  • Patients and visitors may ONLY enter at main or emergency entrances. Floyd Medical Center’s North Entrance on Turner McCall Boulevard and the parking deck are closed to the public.
  • All visitors and patients will be screened before entering the hospital.
  • Only one visitor per patient will be permitted.
  • No visitors younger than 13 will be permitted.

Nursing staff and the attending physician will work with families who have special circumstances, such as a critically ill or injured family member, on a case-by-case basis.  The following locations will be impacted:

  • Floyd Medical Center
  • 330 Physician Center
  • Floyd Behavioral Health
  • Polk Medical Center
  • Cherokee Medical Center

All National Alliance on Mental Illness/Rome activities for the next two weeks are canceled. Normal operations resume Monday, March 30.


COURTS

Guests will be screened before entering the courthouse starting Monday: The Superior Courts have statutory authority for the operation of all the Courts in this circuit. At this time, we are working with the local county authorities, health authorities and all other affected entities.
 
In order to meet the request of the appropriate authorities the Sheriff’s Department, effective Monday, March 16, 2020, will screen all persons entering the Courthouse. If for medical reasons a person cannot be admitted into the Courthouse, they will be given information to contact the appropriate office dealing with their situation.
 
In order to reduce the large number of people using the Courthouse, the Superior Court is continuing all arraignment calendars and jury trial calendar calls for the 4 weeks from March 16, 2020 until April 10, 2020. Those cases will be rescheduled and notices sent.
 
All civil matters, other than jury trials, and any other criminal matters will continue as scheduled. All jury trials for the week of March 16, 2020 are continued. Those jurors summoned should not appear. Jury trials for the following weeks will be announced on a week by week basis. All jurors summoned for those weeks should call the Jury Management at 706-291-5155 and is listed on the jury summons for weekly information.
 
We are reviewing appropriate ways to handle jurors, the production of inmates and other logistical issues. Juvenile Court of Floyd County has issued additional instructions for persons attending their proceedings.
 
This is a very fluid situation with additional information coming almost hourly. We will try and keep everyone informed and request your cooperation.
 
Thank you very much. Chief Judge J. Bryant Durham, Jr.

 

Courts: Rome Municipal Court has elected to take certain steps to maintain court operation while reducing the risks to the public. Rome Municipal Court has entered a standing order continuing all cases scheduled for arraignment or trial for all dates between March 18, 2020 and April 9, 2020. Those affected cases will be continued for at least thirty (30) days. Parties and witness should receive a notice of a new court date in the weeks ahead. All probation matters will proceed as scheduled unless otherwise directed by the Court or removed from the calendar by the probation department. The Court will otherwise remain open to accept filings and conduct business as needed. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Court at 706-238-5150.


GOVERNMENT

County suspends committees: To help protect our citizens volunteers who serve on our local boards, committee, and authorities, the Floyd County Board of Commissioners have suspended the meetings listed below that were scheduled to be held in March. A decision will be made on April 1 as to April’s calendar of meetings. At this time, the Floyd County Board of Commissioners will hold their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 6pm with Caucus at 4pm. Citizens will be screened before entering. If they are unable to enter due to medical concerns, they will be directed to a live stream on Floyd County’s Facebook page. Seating will be staged at the recommended distances.

  • Rome-Floyd Parks & Recreation Committee Meetings
  • Floyd County Airport Commission
  • Rome-Floyd Litter Blight Committee
  • Floyd County Water Committee
  • Floyd County Public Works Committee
  • Floyd County Administrative Finance Committee
  • For more information, please contact the Floyd County Clerk’s office at 706-291-5110.

To help protect our citizens and volunteers, all City of Rome meetings have been postponed for the next 30 days. The Rome City Commission does still plan to meet as necessary to address core business needs.

A new web page with Corona Virus Updates has been added to the city and county website which is easily accessed at romefloyd.com/coronavirus-updates

The page provides quick links to online payment tools for both city/county services bill pay; residents are encouraged to utilize virtual methods for bill pay. Additionally, the page provides information on assistance for small businesses impacted by COVID-19; updates from city/county governments and links to the most current health related information.

  • Rome City Solid Waste would like to remind residents to securely tie all garbage bags for the safety of the public and solid waste workers.
  • The Rome-Floyd E.C.O. Center will be closed to the public through April 6.  All meetings and gatherings at the center have been canceled.
  • The City of Rome continues to stay in contact with local health officials and Floyd County Emergency Management Agency to address the COVID-19 virus in the community.

The Floyd County Tag and Property Tax offices are open. However, we are implementing advanced screening and limited access to the Historic Courthouse. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes, but please be patient as we all adapt to the recommended COVID-19 precautions. We highly encourage online tag renewals and tax payments at www.floydcountytax.com.

Canceled: Free Notary Training set for Thursday.

The offices of Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) will be under a modified operating status due to the public health emergency. The Washington, D.C., congressional staff will be teleworking during normal business hours until further notice. The Dalton and Rome offices will be closed to the public. The offices will continue working as normal on behalf of 14th District constituents during this time. The contact information for each Rome is 706-290-1776.

OTHER

Floyd Against Drugs has decided to postpone the Murder Mystery Dinner scheduled on March 19. All ticket holders, please retain your tickets as they will be honored at the rescheduled date. Announcements of the rescheduled date will be made once plans are solidified.Join us in supporting all aspects of maintaining a healthy and safe community. For more information go to the Floyd Against Drugs Facebook page or website www.floydagainstdrugs.com

The Korean Peace Medal service set for April 9 in Rome has been postponed.

Exchange Club, which normally meets on Friday, has canceled meetings for the next 30 days.


STUDENT NUTRITION

From Floyd County Schools: Beginning Monday, March 16th, FCS Child Nutrition Department will provide meal opportunities free of charge to school-age children during the COVID-19 school closures. Meals will be available for pickup on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the following locations: Armuchee High, Model High, Pepperell High, Garden Lakes Elementary, Cave Spring Elementary, and Ridge Ferry Park.   Each student will receive four meals – a hot lunch, a cold lunch, and two breakfasts. To pick up the meals, please drive or walk up to the school’s bus loading zone or the pavilion at Ridge Ferry Park. The children must be present to receive the meals. Please look for onsite signage for additional directions.

From Rome City Schools: For those who wish to receive a school meal, one may be picked up at any of our Rome City School campuses on the following dates from 10 a.m. until noon.

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday, March 16,18 and 20.
  • Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 23, 25 and 26.

SCHOOLS

Floyd County Schools: In accordance with newly issued federal guidance and Governor Kemp’s signed Executive Order,  Floyd County Schools will remain closed for all staff and students through Tuesday, March 31st with current plans of classes resuming Wednesday, April 1st. We will continue to collaborate, share information, and monitor the situation with local and state health officials to help protect our school communities.
 Rome schools are closed Friday, March 13, and resume on Monday, April 4. Extracurricular activities also are suspended. Flexible learning days are built into the outline below as are meal plans. Classes are scheduled to resume Monday, 04.06.20. During this time, the district will be closed. Any employee expected to report to work will be notified.
  • Flexible Learning will take place Friday, 03.13.20 through Thursday, 03.26.20.
  • Grades Kindergarten through 2nd have brought home assignment packets.
  • Grades 3 through 12 have received digital classroom content from their teachers using a variety of digital platforms and tools.

Darlington extends spring break by a week in light of coronavirus concerns: “After carefully weighing the latest information available about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Darlington School administrators have decided to extend spring break for students to March 23 to allow appropriate time to plan for the remainder of the school year. All school activities, including athletics and other extracurricular events, will be suspended next week.

Unity Christian School now closed through Friday, March 27. Classes resume Monday, March 30.

Cartersville City Schools closed Monday, March 16, through Sunday, March 29. Beginning on Tuesday, March 17, Cartersville City Schools will observe digital learning days until students return to school.

Bartow County Schools will be closed to all students and staff March 16-27. A long-term Digital Learning Day plan will go into effect for all students and staff Tuesday, March 17.

Saint Mary’s Catholic School, Rome,  will be closed starting Monday, March 16, through March 27, and is scheduled to re-open Monday, March 30.

Berry College Elementary & Middle School will begin an extended Spring Break on Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27, 2020. Beginning the week of Monday, March 30, BCEMS K-8 teachers will provide daily online instruction and distance learning. Additional details and updates will be emailed to parents.

Calhoun, Gordon County schools taking a two-week break.

Georgia School for the Deaf: The Department of Education has made the decision to close GSD and the other two state schools for two  weeks. We will plan to bring residential students back on Sunday, March 29, and classes will resume on Monday, March 30. More details will be provided as soon as possible. At this time, no GSD students or staff members have been identified as having COVID-19. We are closing as a precaution and to do our part in hopefully slowing the spread of the illness.

ALSO

Harlem Globetrotters appearance at Darlington canceled. The ‘Pushing the Limits’ tour was due at Darlington Monday but the team made this announcement Thursday: “Like so many other leagues and organizations, today the Globetrotters announced that we are suspending all planned games on our tour from Friday, March 13 through Thursday, March 19, to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We are following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance, as well as monitoring the situation daily with updates from experts in the field and consultation with peers throughout our professional networks and industry. The health and safety of our fans and players is of paramount importance to us. The Globetrotters encourage all ticket holders to hold on to tickets, as the team will make every effort to reschedule as soon as possible. All tickets for postponed games will be honored. If the postponed dates are unable to be rescheduled, refunds will be given from the point of purchase.”

 


COLLEGES

Berry College announces a change in plans in line with Governor Kemp’s recommendation. The college is extending spring break for students by a week (March 15-22).  After that, the college will provide remote instruction for all students for an additional two weeks (March 23-27 and March 30-April 3).  We will make a decision on or before Monday, March 30, regarding the remainder of the semester.

Berry public access updates: Berry College is closing its campus to visitors through the end of March. President Steve Briggs announced this measure as part of a comprehensive approach to safeguard the health and safety of the campus community while maintaining the core educational functions of the college. Briggs expressed his regret at having to restrict access to campus to many of its regular visitors. “We know that Berry’s campus is a treasure that we enjoy sharing with Rome and Floyd County as we welcome hundreds of visitors who run, hike or bike on campus daily. Nevertheless, in this moment of uncertainty, we must make act to ensure the well-being of our students, faculty and staff,” Briggs said. Campus events that are normally open to the public are being rescheduled or canceled. Speakers or lectures will be taped and made available as possible. The college looks forward to welcoming our campus visitors back as soon as it is reasonable to do so.

Shorter University will transition from on-campus instruction to remote delivery from March 23 through April 10. All university events, including sporting events and practices, are immediately canceled through April 10.The University will take March 13-20 as a time to complete this transition. Students should check Hawkmail often for updates for specifics on remote delivery. Online classes will continue uninterrupted. All students residing in Shorter residence halls should vacate their rooms between now and Sunday, March 15, at 5 p.m. We understand that there are a limited number of students who may face unforeseen hardships based on extenuating circumstances and will need to remain on campus. Those students should contact Anthony Chatmon in Residence Life at achatmon@shorter.edu.

Chattahoochee Tech: March 13 through Sunday, March 22, all campuses of Chattahoochee Tech will be closed. This action is in response to concerns about coronavirus COVID-19 and the potential impacts to the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. All college campuses will reopen Monday, March 23.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College: Georgia Northwestern Technical College has made the decision to suspend all instructional classes (credit courses, adult education, and continuing education), and activities on all campuses effective 4:15 p.m., Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 22, 2020. Additional plans for instructional, academic, and operational activities beyond this period will be developed and communicated by March 20.  It is imperative that students diligently check their student email and all previously stated forms of communication (student email, GNTC website, Blackboard, emergency notification alerts, text, and social media) to ensure they are aware of the academic plan for their particular program. All college personnel should report as usual on Monday, March 16, for individual departmental operational plans to be determined.  For this period, the college will close all operations at all campuses at 4:15 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Effective Monday, March 16,  all University System of Georgia institutions will temporarily suspend instruction for two weeks to allow time for USG institutions to test their business continuity plans and online instruction modules and for state officials to continue to assess the current situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) in Georgia. Students who are currently on spring break are strongly encouraged not to return to campus. Students on campus are asked to depart campus by close of business Friday, March 13. For students who are unable to leave campus, institutions have been asked to develop plans to safely accommodate those students on campus.

  • This includes Georgia Highlands College.

UPCOMING

Frozen Jr. postponed: The Rome Little Theatre Board of Directors and staff have decided to postpone our production of “Frozen Jr” set to begin a week from tonight.

The 2020 Big Fibbers Storytelling Festival scheduled for March 27-28 has been canceled, says Terrell Shaw, president of the festival sponsor, the Ridge & Valley Storytelling Guild.   “In the interest of community health and with much regret we are cancelling this year’s events,” Shaw said. “We had two outstanding nationally known tellers, Donna Washington and Antonio Rocha, scheduled to spend a week in Rome performing in schools and then for the public on Friday and Saturday. However, concern about the spread of Covid-19 has forced us to reconsider.”  All events associated with the 2020 festival, including the Big Fibbers competition and YoungTales youth competition are canceled. “Those who have purchased tickets online will receive a refund,” Shaw said, “and Big Fibbers will return in 2021 with both Donna Washington and Antonio Rocha as our headliners.”
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