Today’s top headlines:
- 18 patients with COVID-19 in Floyd, Redmond hospitals vs. 2 on June 1. Georgia reports 3,472 new cases Thursday, another record; 40 additional positive tests in NW Georgia.
- From Dr. Gary Voccio, director, Public Health Northwest District: COVID-19 cases up 21% in 2 weeks; young adults behind much of the increase. Average age drops from 55 to 42.
- Another price of the pandemic: Georgia Department of Labor Department has paid more than $7.5 billion in state, federal benefits over 15 weeks.
- Politics: Sheriff’s race finalists together collect nearly $200,000 so far. Floyd seeks poll workers for upcoming elections. Updates on absentee voting.
- Independence Day 2020: Cave Spring opens the celebration with a parade at 9 a.m.; parade in Rome at 2 p.m.; 20 minutes of fireworks start at 9:50 p.m. Plus: Parade, fireworks safety tips.
- Buzz: Georgia Highlands sets virtual commencement, nurse pinning for later this month. ‘We Matter’ protest returns Sunday. Fawn spotted by Clocktower (two photos).
- Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Triple-digit heat index due today; Independence Day forecast — high of 91, mainly afternoon showers.
- Dining: Public Health restaurant inspection scores.
- Crimewatch: Updates on area arrests.
Truett’s Chick-Fil-A Sports Report:
- 3 area high school student-athletes among Berry’s Men’s Cross Country, Track & Field newcomers.
- More on the latest GHSA’s relaxed training guidelines.
- 6 test positive within Georgia Tech athletics (3 players, 3 staff).
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