COVID: Harbin Clinic now requires patients, visitors to wear masks. Earlier: Second Berry student, three WinShape summer employees test positive.

COVID: Harbin Clinic now requires patients, visitors to wear masks. Earlier: Second Berry student, three WinShape summer employees test positive.

Harbin Clinic is now requiring all patients and visitors wear masks “during the entirety of their visit.” In a post on Friday, Harbin states: “Your safety is our top priority. At the onset of COVID-19 community spread, we made significant operational changes to ensure the safety of our patients, caregivers and community. Your health is essential, and we are here for you when you need access to safe, compassionate and expert care.

“When you visit one of our locations, you’ll notice we’ve strategically adapted our day-to-day processes to keep everyone safe, including a new requirement that all patients and visitors wear a mask during the entirety of their visit. This comes in addition to the precautions we already have in place:

  • We’ve enhanced our already high standards of sanitation in all spaces and at all locations.
  • All patients are encouraged and expected to social distance throughout buildings and waiting rooms.
  • Patients are screened for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure during the check-in process.
  • Visitor restriction policies are in place to limit risk of exposure.

“For patients not able to physically visit one of our locations, HarbinCONNECT virtual visits allow patients to schedule appointments with Harbin Clinic providers they know and trust from the comfort of home.

“When it comes to masks, wearing is caring. Harbin Clinic is committed to caring completely for our patients and the community. Join us in this act of kindness by wearing masks and protecting others. ”

The latest:

Another student plus three WinShape summer employees have tested positive for coronavirus at Berry College. The college’s “COVID-19 Confirmed Cases Report” shows that the latest student case was confirmed on Thursday. He or she is :”isolated off campus” while the campus impact section related to those with contact with the student are “quarantined on or off campus,” the report shows.

Two WinShape employees were diagnosed on Wednesday and another on July 11. All three are isolated off campus. Those with contract to the trio are listed as WinShape employees “quarantined off campus,” the chart shows.

Since March, the college has had eight instances of COVID-19 contact including a visitor in March, an employee in June, a vendor earlier this month, one student each on July 11 and 16, and the three summer employees July 11 and 16.


Berry campus closing today as student tests positive. A Berry College student has tested positive for COVID-19 and while asymptomatic when tested, is now in isolation off campus, according to Dr. Steve Briggs, Berry’s president. Through contact tracing, others at risk because of direct contact with the student have been notified to quarantine.  The college has been in touch with public health as well.

Briggs, in a letter to the Berry community, said this is the fourth campus case, including one employee, a vendor and a campus visitor, the first of which was discovered in March following by June 5 and July 6 reports. The student case was discovered July 11; in all instances, those individuals isolated off campus.

Also from Berry:

  • Mandatory face coverings start Thursday:  Even though the college is not within city limits, Berry in cooperation with Rome’s face covering mandate — in addition to “the increased prevalence of the coronavirus locally as well as these two new cases on campus, the college will require suitable face coverings in all public contexts on campus effective Thursday, July 16.  The policy will continue until further notice.”
  • The policy includes classrooms, academic and administrative buildings, Krannert Center, Cage Center, the Library, residence hall common areas and hallways, or campus offices.  Face coverings are also required in open air areas if people are not separated by at least six feet. Face coverings may be removed in personal settings (offices, residence hall rooms) if no one else is present.
  • The campus will close to general visitors effective Thursday, July 16.  The campus will continue to host prospective students and their families.  For the next 30 days, campus residents who wish to host off-campus guests must register them in advance with the Welcome Center. Berry was scheduled to close the campus on Aug. 1 as additional students begin to arrive for the fall semester.

Please click here for an expanded report from Briggs, Berry College.

Health Initiative for Men and Women canceled next month: “We are disappointed to have to announce that upon the advice of our public health district, we will need to cancel the 19th Annual Health Initiative for Men + Women. We are working to develop other means for community members to access services typically offered.  Stay tuned for updates and exciting announcements once we work out logistics with our partners and providers. We appreciate your organization always being willing to be part of this great event. We look forward to celebrating the 20th Anniversary with you all next year.” – Allison Agnew, Program Coordinator, Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition.


From Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation: The Northside Swim Center at 501 Kingston Ave. NE, Rome, Georgia, is closed because a part-time Floyd County employee tested positive for COVID-19. Signage has been posted at the facility notifying everyone that it is closed.

Because the pool season is rapidly coming to an end, the swim center will remain closed until next year. We would like to thank everyone who visited this summer and, we hope to have a great year in 2021.

Bartow Transit to remain closed July 20-24. Bartow County Transit Department will remain closed and unable to provide public transportation services the week of July 20 to July 24. It was idled this week because of health concerns.  For more: Transit Director Weldon Dudley at



From Rome City Schools: “Rome High School will not have a formal graduation ceremony. We will provide a photo opportunity for those graduates who wish to participate at Barron Stadium on 7/18. Please sign up below. Gowns will still be returned on July 20th.

In-person Floyd County Jail visitation ends Sunday, July 19, because of a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Media release: The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office will temporarily cease all electronic and ink rolled fingerprint services effective Monday, July 20, 2020. Our Administrative Lobby will still be open.

We are temporarily suspending all in-person visitation at the jail effective next Monday as well (with the exception of attorney and probation/parole visits). Video visitation is still available from your home through All fees are waived.

This is being done in order to protect our staff, inmates, and the public from the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. We will announce our return to normal operations as soon as possible.

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