Category Archives: Health

Coronavirus: Statewide toll rises by 10 to 229; includes 12 from our area (no change). As of midday Monday, 310 confirmed cases in five-county region (8.4% increase overnight).

Coronavirus: Statewide toll rises by 10 to 229; includes 12 from our area (no change). As of midday Monday, 310 confirmed cases in five-county region (8.4% increase overnight).

    About this page: We’ve adjusted the format to group state reports and per-county information in easier-to-follow formats. Under each county, you’ll find the total number of coronavirus patients confirmed as of the latest report from the state Department of Public Health. Each hospital report on patients and those awaiting test results are included… Read more

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This week’s coronavirus coverage: Daily state and hospital updates; government meetings; expanded hospital briefing.

This week’s coronavirus coverage: Daily state and hospital updates; government meetings; expanded hospital briefing.

Scheduled updates include: Daily:State reports on new cases, impact on Georgia at noon and 7 p.m. Daily: Two updates on patients at Floyd Medical Center and Redmond Regional Medical Center. Most days: Regular updates from the governments in Bartow,  Gordon and Chattooga counties on the pandemic and community response. Monday: The University of Georgia Small… Read more

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Preparing for a surge: Mobile 20-bed unit going up in front of Floyd Medical Center, one of four across state. Also: Update on former Kindred Hospital rooms being converted for coronavirus patients.

Preparing for a surge: Mobile 20-bed unit going up in front of Floyd Medical Center, one of four across state. Also: Update on former Kindred Hospital rooms being converted for coronavirus patients.

  By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net A mobile 20-bed unit donated by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency is going up in the front parking lot of Floyd Medical Center. The unit is one of four temporary medical units that will provide an additional 88 hospital beds across the state as facilities prepare for COVID-19 patient surge.… Read more

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Health: Harbin Clinic now offering HarbinCONNECT virtual visits for patients without leaving their homes during pandemic

Health: Harbin Clinic now offering HarbinCONNECT virtual visits for patients without leaving their homes during pandemic

  Media release: For the safety and protection of our patients, Harbin Clinic is now offering HarbinCONNECT virtual visits to help patients receive the medical care they need without leaving their homes during the COVID-19 crisis. HarbinCONNECT is a convenient option for secure phone or face-to-face video appointments with local board-certified physicians or nurse practitioners. Patients… Read more

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Statewide shelter-in-place continues through April 13. Floyd Sheriff’s Office not deputizing citizens to assist with enforcement.  4-minute YouTube video outlines key parts.

Statewide shelter-in-place continues through April 13. Floyd Sheriff’s Office not deputizing citizens to assist with enforcement. 4-minute YouTube video outlines key parts.

Now that the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Georgia State Patrol and other agencies to enforce Gov. Brian Kemp’s statewide shelter-in-place executive order this week, Sheriff Tim Burkhalter is receiving multiple calls from general citizens wanting to help. “People thing I’m swearing in general citizens, wich I could actually do like our… Read more

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Updated: 15 residents at Rome Health and Rehabilitation Center now positive for coronavirus, four hospitalized. Two Bartow care centers also have outbreaks. Latest state overview for nursing homes, long-term care facilities.

Updated: 15 residents at Rome Health and Rehabilitation Center now positive for coronavirus, four hospitalized. Two Bartow care centers also have outbreaks. Latest state overview for nursing homes, long-term care facilities.

  The latest update from Rome Health and Rehabilitation Center “We currently have 15 residents that are COVID-19 positive at Rome Health and Rehabilitation Center. Eleven of those residents are being cared for at the center.  Four of those residents are being treated at the hospital,” says Annaliese Impink, a spokeswoman for the center. On March… Read more

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Helping: United Way awards more than $30,000 in emergency grants to establish temporary shelters, rent and utilities assistance. Salvation Army of Rome committing $10,000 to help local families through ProjectSHARE.

Helping: United Way awards more than $30,000 in emergency grants to establish temporary shelters, rent and utilities assistance. Salvation Army of Rome committing $10,000 to help local families through ProjectSHARE.

Media release: The United Way of Rome & Floyd County is taking immediate action to help support organizations serving the most vulnerable residents during the coronavirus pandemic by lifting restrictions on current funding and awarding over $30,000 in emergency grants. Over $20,000 is being given by local donors through the United Way’s Interagency Council on… Read more

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Bartow COVID19 updates: Bartow weekly report set for 2 p.m. Friday (Facebook Live). Latest from Cartersville Medical Center.

Bartow COVID19 updates: Bartow weekly report set for 2 p.m. Friday (Facebook Live). Latest from Cartersville Medical Center.

  COVID19 Updates/Information for Bartow County Georgia Updates/Information Regarding COVID19; Response from Bartow County and Community     4/01/20 update: Reported through the Joint Information Center: Cartersville Medical Center reported the following numbers: Twelve (12) confirmed COVID19 patients in house and twenty-seven (27) in patients awaiting COVID19 test results. The Bartow County Fire Department: Division of Emergency… Read more

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Floyd Medical Center gets frank about coronavirus, expected surge in patients and what’s next. Also: Latest vigils offer support to Redmond, Floyd.

Floyd Medical Center gets frank about coronavirus, expected surge in patients and what’s next. Also: Latest vigils offer support to Redmond, Floyd.

Starting at 3 p.m. sharp, Floyd Medical Center used Facebook Live to present a panel about what’s being done as the community sees the outbreak of coronavirus continue. Early on, Kurt Stuenkel, president and CEO of Floyd, told of treating not only the region’s first patient but perhaps one of the first on the East… Read more

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PAGE NOW RETIRED: Vigil, rally pack Calhoun hospital Thursday evening. State death toll climbs to 176 with 5,444 people testing positive (23.7%). Floyd has 78 positive cases; Bartow, 153; region, 270.

PAGE NOW RETIRED: Vigil, rally pack Calhoun hospital Thursday evening. State death toll climbs to 176 with 5,444 people testing positive (23.7%). Floyd has 78 positive cases; Bartow, 153; region, 270.

Updates: Please click here THE LATEST Another Bartow County resident has passed at a Marietta hospital. He has yet to show up on the state reports, at least through 7 p.m. Thursday. Friends identify him as a male in his 70s who attended The Church at Liberty Square. It will be the fifth Bartow resident… Read more

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Health: Georgia Northwestern donates 5 ventilators, 600 N95 masks and 20,800 gloves to GEMA to fight coronavirus. Also: Blood Assurance moving to appointments only April 3.

Health: Georgia Northwestern donates 5 ventilators, 600 N95 masks and 20,800 gloves to GEMA to fight coronavirus. Also: Blood Assurance moving to appointments only April 3.

Media release: As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise, there has also been an increased demand for medical supplies such as ventilators, hospital masks and gloves. So on Saturday, March 28, Georgia Northwestern Technical College gathered its supply of ventilators used in its Respiratory Care program to donate to the Georgia Emergency Management… Read more

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Dining: Pandemic causing newly opened or soon-to-open restaurants to change plans, be creative to attract business.

Dining: Pandemic causing newly opened or soon-to-open restaurants to change plans, be creative to attract business.

    By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on local businesses and restaurants but it’s been especially challenging for those who just opened their doors or had plans to open restaurants before dining rooms were ordered to temporarily close to customers. Executive chef Eric Tant had plans to open John Henry’s Grill… Read more

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Helping: Updates on YMCA, local schools providing needed meals again this week. Boys & Girls Club distributes more than 250 gallons of bleach to medical facilities, shelters.

Helping: Updates on YMCA, local schools providing needed meals again this week. Boys & Girls Club distributes more than 250 gallons of bleach to medical facilities, shelters.

  From Floyd /County Schools: “In order to minimize exposure and practice even more social distancing, which has proven to slow the spread of the virus, the FCS Child Nutrition Department is changing the days of the week to serve meals from three to two. We will continue to provide meal opportunities free of charge to school-age… Read more

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Coronavirus recovery: “Love and care” from community sustains Abernathy family through nearly 3-week battle for their lives.

Coronavirus recovery: “Love and care” from community sustains Abernathy family through nearly 3-week battle for their lives.

  By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Kyle and April Abernathy have a lot to be thankful for this Sunday. The couple says it’s been the “love and care” from the community that has brought them through their three-week battle with coronavirus. “We have had such an overwhelming response from the community,” says Kyle, who serves as… Read more

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Community prayer event to support local healthcare providers set for 6 tonight at Floyd Medical Center, Redmond Regional Medical Center.

Community prayer event to support local healthcare providers set for 6 tonight at Floyd Medical Center, Redmond Regional Medical Center.

All are invited to join in a community prayer and worship event this evening for area healthcare providers and first responders. Local individuals have organized the “We Are Rome” event planned for 6 p.m. to take place simultaneously at Floyd Medical Center and Redmond Regional Medical Center. Attendees will be required to stay in their… Read more

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Shaw Industries temporarily closing four plants in Bartow County after four employees test positive for coronavirus. Shaw is Bartow’s largest employer.

Shaw Industries temporarily closing four plants in Bartow County after four employees test positive for coronavirus. Shaw is Bartow’s largest employer.

  Shaw Industries Inc. temporarily is closing its Bartow-based campuses in order to check and clean them following four associates who have tested positive for the coronavirus. Known as Bartow County’s leading employer, Shaw cites employees “health and wellbeing” as key issues, noting that Bartow County is among the top hot spots for the virus… Read more

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