With five days to go, October will end with the second or third most COVID deaths in Northwest Georgia since the first was recorded in March 2020. What’s odd is the surge in “probable” deaths, those medical officials believed were at least tied to the virus. Since Oct. 1, 35 “probable” deaths have been recorded for Floyd, Bartow, Gordon, Polk and Chattooga counties combined; the previous high was last month, 24. September also was the worst month yet for COVID deaths. A county-by-county look for the month shows:
- Floyd: 14 probable deaths.
- Bartow: 9
- Gordon: 7
- Polk: 1
- Chattooga: 4
- Regional totals: 994 COVID deaths, 159 probable deaths, 49,471 cases since March 2020.
- 37 COVID patients at Floyd, Redmond, no change from Monday. 18 at Floyd, 19 at Redmond.
- 23 new cases in Northwest Georgia.
- 854 new cases in the state.
- 70 additional deaths.
- Source: Georgia Department of Public Health.
The Georgia Department of Public Health and health districts throughout Georgia will begin offering booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID vaccine Tuesday, Oct. 26, pending guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These boosters are in addition to previously approved booster doses of Pfizer vaccine.
For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial 2-dose series:
- 65 years and older
- Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
- Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
- Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk setting
For people who received the J&J COVID vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.
Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others, may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.
More than 50% of Georgians remain unvaccinated for COVID-19, leaving themselves – and their children, families, loved ones, and communities– vulnerable to infection. DPH urges all eligible Georgians to get vaccinated to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Georgia and to save lives.
Free COVID tests at Coosa Valley Fairgrounds as well as LakePoint. What to know:
- Rome: Coosa Valley Fairgrounds, 1400 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Rome. Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no Sunday testing. Please register online at https://honumg.info/LTSGA011.
- Emerson: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., LakePointe Sports Complex. Registration link.
- Free COVID-19 vaccinations are available daily for eligible individuals at health departments: Bartow (770) 382-1920 / Chattooga (706) 857-3471 / Floyd (706) 295-6123 / Gordon (706) 624-1444 / Polk (770) 749-2270
- Floyd continues to provide monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatment at our three hospitals to patients who are eligible and have a physician referral. Learn more about this COVID treatment. Click Floyd
CAMPUS REPORTS: Latest updates from each school system.
Starting Monday, Rome City Schools will transition to phase one of the system’s COVID-19 three-phase plan. During phase one, all faculty, staff and students on campus will follow the phase one protocol: -RCS highly recommends that faculty, staff, and students wear a mask, however it is not
required. Individual schools will communicate any additional details.
All Rome City Schools campuses will remain in phase one of the plan until otherwise noted. The system will communicate with parents, students, faculty, and staff with any changes.
Federal guidelines require all passengers, drivers, and monitors to wear masks while on a school bus.
RCS will continue to evaluate updates and provide guidance.
Weekday reports (through Oct. 25):
- Rome City Schools. 1 case at Main Elementary.
- Floyd County Schools. No cases reported on Oct. 26.
- Polk School District: 5 students and staff as of Tuesday.
- Berry College: Through October, 5 students and 1 staffer have tested positive. Currently 2 active cases. (through Oct. 26).
Weekly reports (through Oct. 22):
- Cartersville City Schools: CCS was notified of one COVID-19 positive case; however, it was diagnosed on Oct. 12 and reported to CCS on Oct. 21.
- Bartow County Schools. No schools in yellow phase.
- Gordon County Schools. 10 cases including 8 students and 2 staffers.
- Calhoun City Schools: 2 student cases.
- Chattooga County Schools: 4 cases.