Newscast/Rant: Georgia death toll at 47; U.S. now at 1,000-plus. Latest local updates. Rant: Taking it to the streets.

Newscast/Rant: Georgia death toll at 47; U.S. now at 1,000-plus. Latest local updates. Rant: Taking it to the streets.

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Coronavirus updates:

  • Georgia death toll jumps to 47; includes 3 here. Positive tests: 115 in NW Georgia; 1,247 in the state. Hospital updates.
  • Happening later today: Gov. Brian Kemp’s TV town hall session at 8 tonight; a prayer vigil at Cartersville Medical Center at 6 p.m.; and state updates.
  • Redmond, Cartersville Urgent Care offices launch ‘virtual visit’ options; Redmond consolidates, closes East Rome urgent care, citing medical supply conservation.
  • Healthcare helpers: Floyd County College & Career Academy donates masks, gloves, gowns to local hospitals. Floyd, grateful for donations, says we’re good.
  • Podcast: Rome City Commissioner Mark Cochran on the coronavirus spread and what was behind the City Commission’s mandate to shelter-in-place.
  • Rant: Taking it to the streets.

Today’s other news:

  • Huge turnout for pop-up food market at Grizzard Park Wednesday evening. More than 500 families preregistered for the event.
  • Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Oostanaula nears flood stage; flood warnings for other local waterways. Three perfect spring days in a row starting today; highs in the upper 70s, low 80s.

Rant of the Day: Taking it to the streets

There’s a parade set for 1:30 this afternoon as Armuchee Elementary School staff and teachers do cruise-ins in these subdivisions: Battle Farm, Northwoods, Wood Glen, Emerald Oaks, Swan Lake, Applewood and Birchfield.

Earlier in the day, Swift & Finch will have that funky coffee bus of theirs Live from the Twick – that is, in the Twickenham subdivision off Chulio Road after a successful visit in East Rome on Wednesday.

Snow cone operators are on the move and even Frios will be mobile this coming Saturday along city and county streets.

You’ll find chalk up and down local drive ways, some complete with editorial messages urging you to stay home (except for walking around the neighborhoods).

And one of our neighbors, who’s daughter’s birthday party was cut short by the social distancing rules, had a little parade of their own (we remember how a relative did the same thing in Cave Spring one Independence Day, starting a Norman Rockwell-like setting every Fourth of July).

All of this is new, a response to the coronavirus threat and closed schools and social distancing and curve flattening.

Larger assemblies continue to be banned although even some of those rules are bending. We’ve seen drive-in church attempts, one of which has now been canceled. In Cartersville this evening, motorists are asked to surround the medical center there in a show of unity against the disease. Participants are advised to stay in their cars.

Educators and businesses and the cleregy continue to take to the digital airwaves for distance learning or cybernetic blessings and such. Walking by one such event has us waiting for Peter Marshall and Paul Lynde to say something funny as these Zoom screens look like something out of Hollywood Squares.

And all that whiz-bang tech stuff is great. But we’re more intrigued with the low-tech options — school parades, neighborhood-based food trucks, and even chalk attacks.

We continue to deal with a very serious medical threat and we’re far from over it. But it also is wonderful to see a different sense of community expanding, one we hope that sticks around when – not if – we’re in a healthy place again.


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