Newscast/Rant: 105 test positive in NW Georgia. 3 dead here; 38 statewide. County OK’s shelter-in-place. Rant: As time goes by.

Newscast/Rant: 105 test positive in NW Georgia. 3 dead here; 38 statewide. County OK’s shelter-in-place. Rant: As time goes by.

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Coronavirus updates:

  • Georgia death toll climbs to  38 including 3 from our area: one each in Gordon, Bartow and floyd counties. Positive tests: 105 in NW Georgia; 1,097 in the state. Hospital updates. Kemp plans TV town hall, 8 p.m. Thursday. Updates throughout the day.
  • County Commission unanimously OK’s shelter-in-place emergency order;some differences from the city. Now in effect through April 7.
  • Our pleasure: Truett’s Chick-fil-A drive-through reopens at 6 a.m. Wednesday. ‘Thank you for your patience as we worked through this process.’
  • The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office to assist local pharmacies in delivering prescriptions for those 65 and older, or those disabled.
  • A Greater Community Bank associate and her daughter are joining local mask makers. Also: Public Health seeks volunteers to help.
  • Darlington to continue to close campus, use distance learning through April 13. Secretary of State to mail absentee ballots to 6.9 million voters for May primary.

Today’s other news:

  • Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Between two and three inches of rain in Northwest Georgia since Monday, especially during last night’s storms. Just a few power outages this morning.
  • Buzz: 222 homes sold in Floyd, Bartow, Gordon combined last month; mixed report for area Realtors. U.S. 41 clover leaf bridges due in service today.
  • Obituaries: Leonard Howard Abernathy Jr., Henry E Dean, Mr. Ray Anthony Overton Sr., Michael Ray Wilson.
  • Dining: Public Health restaurant inspection scores. Plus: Mills Fitzner captures a quiet lunch hour in Rome on Tuesday.

Greater Community Bank CrimeWatch: Updates on arrests. Crimewatch





Kell’s Steve Gates named Cass football coach.


Tokyo Summer Games moved to 2021.


What’s closed in town.


RANT OF THE DAY: As time goes by


We might be in this situation for longer than most realize. Already, we’re seeing local governments enacting emergency ordinances that last until 11:59 p.m. April 7 – with a caveat for possible extensions.

We’re seeing more school systems extend scheduled breaks, planning to resume classes on Monday, April 13, the day after Easter. One reason is planned spring breaks but still. Most have turned to distance learning or take-home assignment packages.

Spring graduations are mostly off the boards for colleges. Opening days for major league and Rome Braves’ baseball have slid into May.  The Summer Olympics in Tokyo has opted to trying it again in 2021.

Even some of the diehard college football fans in Rome are beginning to doubt we’ll see a fall season. Will the Southeast be recovered enough from coronavirus by then to risk putting 90,000 screaming fans less than six inches apart, much less six feet, into football stadiums?

The religious community is beginning to wonder about Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Good Friday and Easter Sunday services. Easter is April 12. So far, most area churches are reporting success with Facebook Live and other types of digital spirituality.

And will it be a month of Sundays before we’re back at a Sunday brunch?

Please understand we’re not trying to go Debbie Downer here. But each press release, each government vote, each state and local update shows more people are looking further down the calendar than the end of this month.

The main reason is it just took us too long to get serious about stopping coronavirus and now we have to wait it out, hoping that keeping our distance will flatten the curve or whatever the new term of the day is.

That’s not to say people aren’t compensating. We seen folks get creative in ways to maintain their businesses and keep at least some staffers employed. We’ve watched people adopt to technology and webcasting so quickly that they’re almost becoming nuisances online. We’re finding new ways to shop, to a point where some are ordering nonperishables from Amazon because of safety and supply concerns. They want to shop local but store shelves are struggling to keep up.

No, we’re not trying to be downers. We’re trying to be realists about what these next few weeks might be like.

It all came home Tuesday evening when a friend shared a video of Nick Saban telling the Alabama faithful to strictly follow the CDC and public health guidelines. The nation’s premiere college football coach, known as someone who suffers no fools (sorry, Lane Kiffen), was as serious as game day.

As the note writer noted, “This BLANK is getting serious.”

That is the understatement of this young century.

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