Newscast/Rant: Bartow man, 69, the latest local coronavirus victim. Church service guide. Rant: A failure to communicate.

Newscast/Rant: Bartow man, 69, the latest local coronavirus victim. Church service guide. Rant: A failure to communicate.

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Today’s headlines:

  • A first Bartow County coronavirus death has been reported – a male, age 69, with underlying health issues as the state Department of Public Health lists it.
  • Georgia now has 20 fatalities from corona virus, which ranks the state as tied for third with Louisiana when compared to the rest of the country. Washington state and New York have recorded many more deaths.
  • Redmond Regional nurses put sewing skills to work making needed masks. The Stitchery adds ‘how to’ video with sewing patterns.
  • Churches: Where to watch Sunday services as congregations turn to Facebook, webcasts. Links included.

Today’s other news:

  • Joy in sorrow: A week after losing 2-year son in tragic accident, Shannon couple welcomes another baby about 12 weeks premature.
  • Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Spring weather is here…highs in the 60s and rain chances everyday this week.

RANT OF THE DAY:

Just a short note today thanking you for your patience. We source all our reports from the state Department of Public Health, the governor’s office, local hospitals and local governments.

As we saw Saturday, the state reports continue to conflict themselves. Example: A noon report showed two fatalities in Floyd County per the Georgia Emergency Management office. Our checks with the hospitals, local coroners and even the state came back inconclusive. Late Saturday, we got just a revised chart from the state showing one death in Floyd and a previously unreported fatality involving a Bartow County man. There was no accompanying text.

Our stories and updates reflect that this morning.

This “confusion” among those in the official information chain regarding the coronavirus is unacceptable at all levels. We were stunned last week as we became the ones to inform two of the most important agencies involved in all this of the deaths of a Rome patient. Twelve hours after her passing, they had yet to be informed by the hospital or by the state. These are key players in all this, mind you.

We will continue to work with the state and local agencies to ensure what we’re receiving is as accurate as we can determine. All involved have had ample time to coordinate the news the community needs to know. We understand all this requires long hours and people are tired.

If that’s the case, add needed personnel to ensure 100 percent accuracy and in a timely manner. If a change in personnel is required,  make that call.

In additional to advanced personal safety techniques and social distancing,  verified and qualified information is needed. As we commend the state’s rumor control hotline, we likewise ask they invest more time in getting the facts right and information distributed.


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