3 new COVID deaths posted Friday: 1 in Floyd, 2 in Bartow. 57 new regional cases. 28 patients in Rome hospitals on Friday, up 5.

3 new COVID deaths posted Friday: 1 in Floyd, 2 in Bartow. 57 new regional cases. 28 patients in Rome hospitals on Friday, up 5.

Latest from Dr. Gary Voccio:

Clear majority of local cases from delta, not Omicron variants: In his last video of the year, Dr. Gary Voccio says 99% of the COVID cases in Northwest Georgia and the state are the delta variant with very little evidence of the Omicron variant. Voccio also says there’s a “slight uptick” in locla hospitalizations from COVID. He again endorsed getting vaccinated and quickly shot down rumors that the flu vaccine has been mixed with COVID vaccine.


CAMPUS REPORTS: Latest updates from each school system.

Weekday reports (through Dec. 17):

Weekly reports (through Dec. 17):


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.

Beginning Jan. 3, the Bartow County Health Department, 100 Zena Drive, Cartersville, will schedule all Covid-19 vaccinations, including initial doses and boosters, by appointment only at certain hours on Tuesday and Thursdays. Call 770-382-1920 to schedule an appointment.

  • Tuesdays 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.  —  ages 12 and over
  • Tuesdays 3 to 5 p.m.  —  pediatric (ages 5 to 12)
  • Thursdays 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.  —  ages 12 and over

The health department will continue to offer walk-in Covid 19 vaccinations for all eligible ages through December.

All other health department programs and services will be available as usual on an appointment or walk-in basis. For more information about the Bartow County Health Department, call 770-382-1920 or visit  nwgapublichealth.org/counties/bartow

Media release: One year ago today, the words Georgians had waited months to hear were finally being heard: “First shipments of COVID-19 vaccine arrive in Georgia.”

 Twelve months since that first small allotment of vaccine, about 6,000 doses, and the initial shots were administered, more than 6 million Georgians have received at least one dose of vaccine, nearly 5.5 million Georgians are fully vaccinated, and 1.2 Georgians have gotten booster doses.

“Countless lives have been saved thanks to the COVID vaccine,” said Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “A year ago, the vaccine couldn’t come soon enough – it gave us hope and a path out of the pandemic. People were anxious and lining up to get their shot.”

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is grateful to all public health and healthcare providers for their dedication and continuing work to get shots into the arms of Georgians.

“Our COVID vaccines are safe and effective and can prevent severe illness and death from COVID,” said Toomey. “If you are someone who wanted to ‘wait and see’ about the vaccine, please don’t wait any longer. As long as people are not vaccinated, COVID will continue to spread, and variants will continue to emerge.”

Currently, the Delta variant is responsible for more than 99% of new COVID cases in Georgia, primarily in unvaccinated individuals. So far, there are only 5 reported cases of Omicron variant in Georgia, but that number is expected to increase. Scientists are still studying Omicron to determine the severity of illness it may cause and how vaccines will hold up against it.

All Georgians aged 5 and older are eligible for vaccination. Booster doses of vaccine are recommended for adults aged 18 and older who completed their first series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago or two months ago for J&J vaccine.

Along with vaccination and booster doses, the CDC recommends general prevention measures such as wearing a mask in public settings, staying 6 feet from others, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and frequently washing your hands to protect against COVID-19. Individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who may have been exposed to someone with COVID should get tested.



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