Latest: Possible second COVID-19 death in Floyd County? According to today’s Georgia Situation Report from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security, it lists two deaths in Floyd County. So far, local health officials do not have any information on any new deaths. Floyd County Coroner Gene Proctor says no new deaths have been reported to him, but hospitals can report directly to the Georgia Department of Public Health in times of public health emergency. Nancy Nydam with Georgia Department of Public Health says her report as of noon says there was still only one death listed in Floyd County. “That could change by 7pm, but the best info I have now is that there is one,” she says.
The first death (Elizabeth “Beth” Wells of Rome) was reported Wednesday, March 18. She passed away at Redmond Regional Medical Center. On Saturday, Andrea Pitts with Redmond Regional says the hospital has only had one COVID-19 positive death. Floyd Medical officials say it’s not their policy to confirm or comment on a patient’s passing in any circumstance, but DPH would confirm fatalities related to COVID-19. The 2 fatalities in Floyd County are included in the statewide total of 14 deaths as of noon Saturday, that total now stands at 20 as of 7 p.m. Saturday.
LATEST REPORTS: As of 7 p.m. Saturday. Next report at 12 p.m. Sunday.
- Statewide deaths: 20 (was 14 at noon Saturday), a 42-percent increase.
- One death in Floyd County
- Statewide positive results: 555, a 14 percent increase over 485 reported Friday night.
Latest confirmed cases here:
- Floyd: 8, up one since Friday.
- Bartow: 56, up 115- percent from 26 reported on Thursday (second most in the state behind Fulton County).
- Gordon: 4 cases, up one from noon Saturday.
- Polk: 4 cases, up one from noon Saturday.
- No cases in Chattooga.
State totals show:
- 32% of those testing positive are 60 and older.
- 41% testing positive are ages 18-59.
- Another 25% unknown.
- 49% of the patients are female, 48% are male, 1% unknown.
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Cartersville Medical Center: (Thursday afternoon)
- Since March 9, there have been 32 positive COVID-19 patients (with 12 who currently remain as inpatients).
- Overall, there have been 15 patients who have tested negative to date.
- There are currently 39 patients in-house awaiting test results; 31 patients, including inpatient and ER patients, have been discharged home following CDC and Public Health guidance for self-quarantine.
Redmond Regional Medical Center (Friday afternoon)
- Two confirmed cases.
- 20 patients pending test results.
Floyd Medical Center: (Friday afternoon)
- Five confirmed cases.
- 13 others awaiting test results.
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Floyd County Jail suspending on-site video visitation effective Monday, March 23: (Media release) The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office is temporarily suspending our on-site video visitation at the Floyd County Jail effective Monday, March 23, 2020. This is being done in compliance with local, state, and national health guideline recommendations. We will keep up to date on the latest recommendations and resume normal operations at the earliest possible time.
“The safety and security of our staff, inmates, and community is paramount in any situation. If we can make adjustments to ‘flatten the curve’ regarding the spread of the Coronavirus, it is our duty to do whatever we can.” said Sheriff Tim Burkhalter. “This is part of our ‘Code Yellow’ status at the Floyd County Jail. We will continue to alter operations as we deem necessary in order to ensure that our facility is as safe and sanitary as it can be.”
During this time, we will be utilizing the remote video visitation with Jail Visit Now which can be done in the privacy of your home. Visit our website at www.floydsheriff.com and go to Detention Division and click on Jail Information. From there, follow the www.jailvisitnow.com link to go to their website and follow the prompts to set up your account. We hope to have this feature available by Wednesday March 25, 2020 but it may not be immediately available so if you can not set up your account right away, continue checking their website for updates.
Details regarding the remote visitation are as follows: Each inmate will be allowed three 15-minute video visitations per week (limit one per day).Times for visitation will be from 0800 hours until 1115 hours, 1300 hours (1pm) until 1745 hours (5:45pm) seven days a week. Evening remote video visitation hours are Monday thru Thursday 2100 hours (9pm) until 2245 hours (10:45 pm) and Friday thru Sunday 2000 hours (8:00pm) until 2145 hours (9:45 pm).
We will be waiving all fees associated with remote video visitation while we have suspended on-site video visitation. We are continuing to explore ways for family and friends to be able to communicate with their loved ones during this time.