Latest masks, closings:  Changes announced for the One Table event set for Sept. 19. YMCA closes play center, the Vault for three weeks. Earlier: Floyd further restricts visitation policies. Masks now required in all city of Rome offices. City of Summerville closes lobbies, offices to public.

Latest masks, closings:  Changes announced for the One Table event set for Sept. 19. YMCA closes play center, the Vault for three weeks. Earlier: Floyd further restricts visitation policies. Masks now required in all city of Rome offices. City of Summerville closes lobbies, offices to public.

THE LATEST


 Changes have been announced Sunday morning for the annual One Table event set for Sept. 19 because of the COVID surge: “Accommodations are being made. For example, instead of eating at one long table, there will be small tables set up on BOTH the Bridge AND the Town Green. Boxes are being utilized and you can pick up your meal to take home.”

From the YMCA in Rome: Starting Monday,  “the Play Center and the Vault will be closed for 3 weeks. Last week, the Y has had two different instances of Covid exposures (one a confirmed direct exposure and the other we are awaiting test results) in our playcenter and vault. We have contacted all of the families that had children in attendance to let them know. This combined with the increasing numbers in our schools and community, as well as the increase in hospitalizations, we have decided to close the vault and playcenter for 3 weeks starting Monday the 30th. We want to keep the children that visit us safe as well as our staff. We appreciate all of our Y members and we thank you for staying with the Y during this challenging time.”

FLOYD COUNTY

Government offices:

 “Floyd County is currently listed at a substantial rate of transmission, and as such, all employees and those entering our buildings are asked to wear a mask, wash hands, and watch their distance (recommended six feet or more). This updated policy is in effect immediately.”

Superior court, Rome Municipal Court

 “Due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in the Floyd County community, the Floyd County Superior Court will resume its previous COVID-19 prevention protocol. Masks will be required upon entrance to the courthouse, regardless of vaccination status. Beginning Monday, Aug. 2, the Superior Court will resume jury assembly, selection and trials in the Forum River Center, 301 Tribune St., Rome. Jurors will assemble in the arena, and the ballroom will be used for jury selection and trials.”

 “Because of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Northwest Georgia and in an effort to implement precautions that are consistent with those in place in the Superior Court of Floyd County, masks will be required for all parties entering the Municipal Court of Rome, regardless of vaccine status, until further Order of the Court.

 Sheriff’s office, jail:

  • “Effective immediately, we will be closing our visitation lobby to in-person visits. Video visitation will still be active through our website www.floydsheriff.com. Attorneys, please contact our Visitation Lobby at 706-291-4111 ext. 8831 or 8819 to inquire about seeing clients.
  • “We are also closing our administration or records lobby to walk in traffic. All persons needing to be fingerprinted for work or school will have to make an appointment with our records division. To schedule an appointment for a fingerprint please contact our Records Division at jailrecords@floydcountyga.org or by calling 706-291-4111 ext. 8819 or 8815.
  • “All sex offenders who need to register for their annual registration must call the previously mentioned number to make an appointment. All sex offenders who must fill out a change of address form will need to do so within the legally allotted time frame. If you cannot get an appointment within the time frame, please contact Deputy Jeremy Clay at 706-252-4487 for further instruction.
  • “These measures are being put in place in an effort to get ahead of the recent surge in Covid cases in our region. In addition to the new procedures previously mentioned, we would like to remind anyone who does come in for fingerprints to wear a mask while inside of the visitation lobby.”

MEDICAL

Floyd further limits visitation. Media release: In light of the continued rise of hospitalized COVID-19 patients and the increasing community spread of infection, Floyd is further limiting visitation at all locations, including outpatient services such as diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation services, wound care, primary care and urgent care.

Effective Friday, Aug. 27, no visitors will be allowed at any emergency department, Primary Care or Urgent Care office or outpatient services facility, with the following exceptions:

  • Patients requiring assistance due to medical, language, mental health or educational barriers
  • Patients facing end-of-life circumstances
  • Patients under the age of 18
  • Patients with extenuating circumstances will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

The following patients will be allowed one designated visitor:

  • Patients admitted for hospitalization, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Surgery patients
  • Patients receiving diagnostic testing that requires anesthesia
  • New mothers
    • In addition to the designated visitor, a doula or birthing coach is permitted during active labor

The following patients will be allowed two designated visitors:

  • Patients in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
  • Pediatric patients and minors

Redmond Regional Medical Center:

The main entrance at Redmond will be temporarily closed. The Outpatient entrance will be open M-F: 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sat/Sun: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Individuals seeking emergency care should use the Emergency Room entrance. For the safety of our patients, visitors, and staff we continue to limit visitors at this time. There are exceptions for designated persons to accompany certain patients.
• One designated person may accompany ER patients. One designated person may accompany patients for outpatient procedures/testing and surgery.
• Patients admitted as inpatients will be limited to one designated visitor per day.
• Hospital staff will pre-screen everyone who enters (using standard pre-screening questions) and require everyone to wear masks.
• Caregivers with respiratory symptoms will be asked to refrain from accompanying patients.
• For individuals who are under observation or who test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), visitors will be asked to refrain from in-person visitation and instead utilize alternative methods of communication such as electronic devices.

 


POLK

Polk County Police:
“Because of the rise in COVID-19 cases in our area, we have closed our administrative front office to the public! If you need a copy of a police report, please contact our office at (779) 748-7331! The closing of our front office does not effect law enforcement services provided for our agency.”
From the Polk County Sheriff’s Office: With the rising numbers of COVID cases within the Polk County Jail (9 positive, 3 waiting results), and at the request of our medical staff, we have now placed all of our general population on quarantine until further notice. As a result of this quarantine, inmates may have limited access to our messaging platform and the phones. We understand the concern and stress that individuals may have for their loved ones, but our medical staff is working diligently to care for those impacted by this virus. Due to HIPAA, we can not disclose the names of the individuals who have tested positive. We apologize for any inconvenience, but thank you for your understanding, and patience, as we all work together. If you have further questions please contact our medical staff at 770-749-2905.

GORDON COUNTY

Gordon County Jail suspends visitation, adds other safeguards. Sheriff Mitch Ralston reports that, effective immediately, the Sheriff’s Office is reinstating certain precautions designed to reduce the danger of the spread of the COVID 19 virus:

  1. All in-person visitation at the Jail is suspended. Inmates will still have access to telephone and email service to communicate with family and friends.
  2. The Jail lobby will be closed to the public. Persons requiring assistance with inmate or jail matters will be met by a Sheriff’s Office staff member at the (Jail) front door.
  3. The business office lobby will be closed to the public. Persons requiring law enforcement assistance should call 911 for service, or the Sheriff’s Office general telephone number (706-629-1244) to reach specific staff members.
  4. All inmate work details are suspended.

While there have been no generalized ‘outbreaks’ of the virus at the jail or among staff, we feel that out of an abundance of caution it is in the best interest of the public, the staff, and the inmate population that we reinstate the guidelines to ensure the highest level of safety possible, as COVID 19 is obviously in resurgence in our country, state, and community.


CHATTOOGA COUNTY

From the city of Summerville: “Effective Thursday, August 26, 2021 , in accordance with the City of Summerville’s directive to reduce potential exposure to COVID-19 through restricting access to City-owned buildings and facilities, the City of Summerville lobbies and offices will be closed to the public. Our staff will be in the office working. Specific guidelines for each department can be found here. Services and assistance will still be offered by all departments.”

 

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