Week three: Still no flu cases reported: The state Department of Public Health posted the third weekly flu update of the season (through Oct. 17) and it continues to show zeroes across the board. That will change in coming weeks as flu season usually starts quietly in late September and peaks in January and February.
Healthcare experts continue to stress the extra need for flu shots this season because of the continuing coronavirus pandemic. For background and where to get flu shots, please click 20-21 season.
Here’s how those numbers compare to the past five flu seasons. The chart represents total deaths each season as well as hospitalizations:
- 2019-20: 94 deaths, 2,520 hospitalizations.
- 2018-19: 44 deaths, 1,582 hospitalizations.
- 2017-18: 151 deaths, 3,139 hospitalizations.
- 2016-17: 9 deaths, 1,484 hospitalizations.
- 2015-16: 7 deaths, 582 hospitalizations.
Georgia Association of Broadcast honors for two local on-air personalities: “The 2020 GABBY Awards were presented virtually for the first time ever on Saturday. The GABBY Awards focused on content produced in the 2019 calendar year. Merit Awards recognized those entries that the judges felt deserved special recognition. To watch the full version of the 2020 GABBY Awards show, please click HERE.” View the full list of winners here.
Best Program Non-News or Sports Radio
- WBHF, Cartersville: Alan Sanders (Merit Radio Class AA).
- WRGA, Rome: Tony McIntosh (GABBY Radio Class AA).