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We were warned.
Our health community pleaded with people to be aggressive with COVID safety steps during Christmas and New Year’s — to wear masks, to socially distance, to visit in small numbers if at all and to frequently wash our hands. Maybe those pleas helped keep the January numbers lower than feared but the final report on the month shows it was the worst yet for Northwest Georgia.
Every single indicator was a record: overall deaths, new cases, hospitalizations and school quarantines. Rome City Schools are virtual this week because of the skyrocketing quarantine numbers among students and staff. The city of Rome extended its mask requirement another month. Polk County Schools limited sports attendance to families only. Some cities shut down face-to-face contact where possible.
Others did nothing.
And as our attention repeatedly was rocked, from the stunning Democratic sweep of Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoffs to the Insurrection at the Capitol to the Biden/Harris inauguration and the resulting sideshows following it, and finally the rollout of the vaccination, we let our attention briefly slip from something just as critical: the escalating pandemic itself.
We’ll get the first numbers on February later on Monday. What will it all look like in 28 days? For now, January:
January was a brutal month for coronavirus deaths and cases in Northwest Georgia as well as the state.
A record 104 died from COVID 19 between Jan. 1 and Jan. 31, and another 14 were listed as “probable deaths.” It took three-and-half-months to reach 103 deaths at the start of pandemic, March 15 (first Rome fatality) through June 30. December was the second worst month with 82 deaths and 18 probable deaths.
Northwest Georgia’s COVID death count:
- Floyd: 109 to 138, up 29.
- Bartow: 121 to 155. up 34.
- Gordon: 61 to 76, up 15.
- Polk: 44 to 61, up 17.
- Chattooga: 44 to 53, up 9.
- Total: 379 to 483, 104.
Statewide, Georgia recorded almost 2,700 fatalities in January, the highest since nearly 1,900 in September. Georgia lost more residents in January to coronavirus than almost October, November and December combined: 2,698 in January vs. 2,851 Oct. 1-Dec. 31.
More people were hospitalized in Floyd and Redmond Regional last month than since the pandemic began.
January’s first report showed 146 patients in Floyd Medical Center and Redmond Regional Medical Center, or 73 each with an additional 4 patients awaiting test results at Redmond. The peak would hit four days later — Jan. 6 — with 163 combined patients (89 in Floyd, 74 in Redmond).
Through Friday, the last report, the combined patient count had dropped to 98 — 52 in Floyd and 46 in Redmond with 1 patient awaiting test results at Floyd. This marked the first time the patient census had been below 100 since Nov. 30. The lowest it has been was 2 patients at Floyd on June 1, which was after the lockdown began to be lift.
The next report is due Monday, Feb. 1.
Northwest Georgia also saw the most new cases reported between Jan. 2 and Jan. 31:
The numbers below are from Jan. 2 through Jan. 31 except for the total.
- Floyd: 6,891 to 8,547, up 1,656.
- Bartow: 6,712 to 8.992, up 2,280.
- Gordon: 4,152 to 5,226, up 1,074
- Polk: 2,623 to 3,432, up 809.
- Chattooga: 1,585 to 1,959, up 374.
- Total: 20,918 (Jan. 1-31) to 28,156, up 7,238 or 34.6%.
Georgia’s coronavirus cases jumped from 581,959 on Jan. 2 to 749,867 on Jan. 31 — almost 29 percent.
From the city of Rockmart: “Our Municipal and Police Department Office closure has extended to Monday, Feb. 8. Offices will be open for appointment only. To make an appointment please call (770) 684-5454. If you need to make a payment or set up new water service the drive-through window will remain open. Thank you for your patience and understanding. To help stop the spread of COVID-19 it is essential to continue to do your part by wearing a mask, washing your hands, and practicing physical distancing.”
No testing Monday, Tuesday because of weather: Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District free COVID-19 test sites in Paulding and Gordon counties, scheduled to be open on Monday, Feb. 1 (Paulding), and Tuesday, Feb. 2 (Gordon), will not open because of forecasts of inclement weather.
- Another ‘probable death’ in Floyd. Region has recorded 483 deaths since March 15 and 52 probable deaths.
- 100 patients at Floyd, Redmond Regional as of Monday, up 2. Pandemic record: 163 on Jan. 6, 2021. Friday’s report is the lowest since 96 patients on Nov. 30.
- 2 deaths in Georgia in last 24 hours. Total now at 12,570. State’s “probable deaths” estimate: 1,628. Daily COVID record deaths: 170 on Jan. 19.
- Statewide: 3,021 new cases. Total now: 749,967. State record: 10,379 new cases on Jan. 8.
- Locally: 80 new positive cases in past 24 hours. Record: 404 on Jan. 22.
- Georgia reports: Public Health. / Long-term care reports. Nation/world: Worldometers / Johns Hopkins.
- Floyd: 138 / probable deaths, 24, up 1.
- Bartow: 155 / probable deaths, 12
- Gordon: 76, up 1 / probable deaths, 7.
- Polk: 61 / 4 probable deaths.
- Chattooga: 53 / probable deaths, 5.
- January deaths: 104.
- 483 since first local death on March 15, 2020.
- Probable deaths: 52*
*“Probable Deaths” includes individuals who are antigen positive or individuals with compatible illness and known close contact to a case that were either reported to DPH as deceased by healthcare providers or medical examiners/coroners, identified by death certificates with COVID-19 indicated as the cause of death, or there is evidence that COVID contributed to the individual’s death OR individuals with a death certificate that has COVID-19 indicated as the cause of death and there is no laboratory evidence for SARS-CoV-2.”
- 100 patients in Floyd, Redmond on Monday.
- Floyd: 50 patients, down 2.
- Redmond: 50 patients, up 4. One patient awaiting test results.
- Regional hospitalizations since March 5: 1,940.
POSITIVE TESTS (see above graphic for latest totals; per-day changes below.
- Floyd: up 15.
- Bartow: up 41.
- Gordon: up 10.
- Polk: up 11.
- Chattooga: up 3.
- Regional total: up 80.
Remaining testing sites, times. The tests are free, drive-up and no appointments are needed.
- Floyd County: Wednesday at Coosa Valley Fairgrounds, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Gordon County: Tuesday at the Senior Center, 150 Cambridge Court, Calhoun, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES: From Jan. 28. We update this section several times a week. For weekday updates from the state, please click here.
Floyd: 15 facilities.
- Brookdale Rome, 2 residents, 5 staff cases.
- Chulio Hills Health and Rehabilitation, 35 residents, 3 fatalities, 58 staff cases.
- Etowah Landing, 67 residents test positive, 7 deaths, 2 staff cases.
- Evergreen Health, 77 resident cases, 7 resident deaths, 46 staff cases.
- Fifth Avenue Health, 36 resident cases, 2 resident deaths, 42 staff cases.
- Gardens of Rome: 14 resident cases, 5 fatalities, 13 staff cases.
- Harbor at Renaissance Marquis, 23 residents tested, 4 staff cases.
- Pruitt Health, Three Mile, 63 residents positive, 4 fatalities, 63 staff cases.
- Remembrance Village at Riverwood, 8 resident cases,1 staff case.
- Renaissance Marquis Retirement Village, 1 resident case, 1 fatality, 8 staff cases.
- Riverwood Senior Living, 27 tested, 1 staff case.
- Rome Health and Rehabilitation, 74 resident cases, 12 deaths, 57 staff cases.
- Seven Hills Place, 1 resident case, 10 staff cases.
- Winthrop Court, 2 resident cases, 3 staff cases.
- Winthrop Health, 61 positive residents, 11 fatalities, 30 staff cases.
Bartow: 9 facilities.
- Cartersville Center for Nursing and Healing, 109 resident cases, 26 deaths, 54 staff.
- Fite Living Center, 9 residents positive, 7 staff cases.
- Fountains in Cartersville, 16 resident cases, 14 staff.
- Highlands Senior Living, 14 resident cases, 2 deaths, 8 staff cases.
- Highlands Senior Living South, 1 staff case.
- Maple Ridge Health Care, 51 resident cases, 11 fatalities, 20 staff cases.
- Townsend Park Health Care, 77 resident cases, 16 fatalities, 38 staff cases.
- Tranquility at Cartersville, 2 resident cases.
- Waldrop Residences, 21 resident cases, 2 fatalities, 5 staff cases.
Gordon: 3 facilities.
- Calhoun Health Care Center, 75 resident cases, 14 deaths, 33 staff cases.
- Gordon Health and Rehabilitation, 36 resident cases, 9 deaths, 40 staff cases.
- Morning Point of Calhoun, 2 resident cases, 2 staff cases.
Polk: 5 facilities
- Big Springs Place, 3 resident cases, 1 death, 4 staff cases.
- Cedar Hill Senior Living Community, 10 resident cases, 11 staff cases.
- Cedar Springs Health and Rehab, 45 resident case, 2 death, 31 staffers.
- Cedar Valley Nursing and Rehab Center, 58 resident cases, 11 deaths, 48 staffers.
- Rockmart Health: 34 resident cases, 2 fatalities, 15 staff.
Chattooga: 1 facility.
- Oakview Health and Rehabilitation,108 residents test positive, 4 fatalities, 60 staff cases.
ABOUT OUR SOURCES:
Information for this page comes from Tim Herrington, Floyd County Emergency Management director; EMA director; the Georgia Department of Public Health; and the state Department of Community Affairs.