Category Archives: Health

COVID on campus: 517 students, staff in quarantine at Floyd, Rome schools. Three new positive tests reported. At Berry: 36 students, 1 employee positive since Sunday.

COVID on campus: 517 students, staff in quarantine at Floyd, Rome schools. Three new positive tests reported. At Berry: 36 students, 1 employee positive since Sunday.

Floyd County Schools report: Click here for the latest Sept. 24: 331 overall quarantines; down 82; two new positives. Model High has 107 quarantined followed by 39 at Pepperell High, 26 at Armuchee Elementary and 23 at Coosa Middle. Sept. 23: 413 overall quarantines; up 7; no new positives. Model High has 96 in quarantine… Read more

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No new deaths reported in Northwest Georgia on Thursday, regional toll stands at 198 since March. Also: 95 new positive tests here since Wednesday; another 1,368 statewide.

No new deaths reported in Northwest Georgia on Thursday, regional toll stands at 198 since March. Also: 95 new positive tests here since Wednesday; another 1,368 statewide.

Thursday:  No new deaths reported in Northwest Georgia today after 10 reported on Wednesday. Five-county total since March 15 — 198. Public Health had said some changes to record-tracking was under way. 71 COVID patients in Rome, Cartersville and Calhoun hospitals. 53 in Floyd, Redmond, up 1 since Wednesday. 95 new positive cases in Northwest Georgia… Read more

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Health: Walk-In Urgent Care coming to Turner McCall/Riverbend; seventh such office in our area in two years although this is a new player.

Health: Walk-In Urgent Care coming to Turner McCall/Riverbend; seventh such office in our area in two years although this is a new player.

  Pictures of the under-construction urgent care center at Turner McCall and Riverbend in Rome were quickly spread Tuesday as the signage finally went on display. Walk-In Urgent Care,  part of Urgent Team, is finally coming together across from East Bend and Home Depot after several months of delay during the start of the pandemic.… Read more

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Health Department begins flu shots: ‘This flu season is going to be more challenging than ever due to the added risk of COVID-19 in our community.’

Health Department begins flu shots: ‘This flu season is going to be more challenging than ever due to the added risk of COVID-19 in our community.’

  Media release: The Floyd County and Polk County health departments are now offering flu vaccines on a walk-in basis. “This flu season is going to be more challenging than ever due to the added risk of COVID-19 in our community,” says Floyd County Health Department Nurse Manager Alison Watson.  “Influenza and COVID-19 are both… Read more

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Buzz: Rome City Commission retreat is today at Hawthorn. Second Cartersville Urgent Care opens. Booth cancels most of annual cowboy gathering.

Buzz: Rome City Commission retreat is today at Hawthorn. Second Cartersville Urgent Care opens. Booth cancels most of annual cowboy gathering.

  Rome City Commission retreat set for today at Hawthorn Suites: The agenda includes: Thursday,  9:30-11:30 a.m.  Transit Development Plan Implementation General Electric Property Cleanup of the Entrance Corridors and Neighborhoods Public Art Committee Update Business Friendly Community Update Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The second location for Cartersville Urgent Care is open. Located at… Read more

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Harbin Clinic Radiation Oncologist Dr. Matt Mumber writes poetry book ‘In the Awakening Season’ as outlet to keep ‘life balanced.’

Harbin Clinic Radiation Oncologist Dr. Matt Mumber writes poetry book ‘In the Awakening Season’ as outlet to keep ‘life balanced.’

Trailer for Dr. Matt Mumber’s new poetry book, “In the Awakening Season.” By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net For the last 24 years, Dr. Matt Mumber has been taking care of cancer patients through his radiation oncology practice at the Harbin Clinic Cancer Center. And although helping his patients battle cancer is rewarding, he also has another… Read more

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Health: Harbin Clinic’s Chief Information Officer Andrew Goodwin and Floyd VP/CIO Jeff Buda named finalists for statewide GeorgiaCIO ORBIE award.

Health: Harbin Clinic’s Chief Information Officer Andrew Goodwin and Floyd VP/CIO Jeff Buda named finalists for statewide GeorgiaCIO ORBIE award.

  Harbin Clinic Chief Information Officer Andrew Goodwin and Floyd’s VP/CIO Jeff Buda are among six finalists for the GeorgiaCIO ORBIE Award 2020. The GeorgiaCIO ORBIE Award is a prestigious honor given annually that recognizes innovative CIOs across the state of Georgia. Both men lead the information systems and technology teams at their respective institutions. Media… Read more

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Berry College invests nearly $400,000 in campus testing, safety equipment and more in a proactive plan to keep students, faculty and staff healthy during the pandemic.

Berry College invests nearly $400,000 in campus testing, safety equipment and more in a proactive plan to keep students, faculty and staff healthy during the pandemic.

  By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net After Berry College had to abruptly close campus and transition to online learning in mid-March as the initial coronavirus wave hit Georgia, school officials hoped the pandemic would ease by fall. But as cases soared locally and across the state in July, Berry College President Dr. Steve Briggs knew major… Read more

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Health: ‘AngelEye’ camera helps parents watch their children in Floyd’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Health: ‘AngelEye’ camera helps parents watch their children in Floyd’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Media release: New technology is keeping Floyd parents connected with their babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. AngelEye Health cameras installed at the babies’ bedsides give moms and dads the ability to see their baby on their phone, computer or tablet by logging on through a secure network with a personal password.The NICU staff… Read more

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Public Health reports big drop in free tests in Floyd, Bartow in August vs July. What’s odd: Last month saw more positive results than ever in both counties. Plus: More on new test sites.

Public Health reports big drop in free tests in Floyd, Bartow in August vs July. What’s odd: Last month saw more positive results than ever in both counties. Plus: More on new test sites.

  Following a surge in July, the free COVID test sites in Rome and Cartersville saw steep declines in use in August. Surprisingly, both Floyd and Bartow counties reported the largest increases in new cases in the same month. Or to summarize: Fewer tests, more positive results, contrary to popular opinion. Or is it? One… Read more

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Buzz: Gas prices up a nickel as Labor Day weekend arrives. Redmond Regional updates visitor guidelines.

Buzz: Gas prices up a nickel as Labor Day weekend arrives. Redmond Regional updates visitor guidelines.

Georgia gas prices  increased at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.04 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 5 cents more than a week ago, 5 cents more than last month, and 36 cents less than this time last year. It now costs motorists $30.60 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline.… Read more

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Dr. Gary Voccio suddenly became the region’s face of the pandemic. ‘I am amazed at all the information I have to give out and it’s all welcome. I really enjoy the interaction with the local community and like hearing other sides of the story.’

Dr. Gary Voccio suddenly became the region’s face of the pandemic. ‘I am amazed at all the information I have to give out and it’s all welcome. I really enjoy the interaction with the local community and like hearing other sides of the story.’

Dr. Gary Voccio’s latest ‘Voccio Viewpoint’ from Friday, Aug. 28. By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net When Dr. Gary Voccio accepted the position as Health Director for the Northwest Georgia Public Health District in January, he didn’t quite imagine a global pandemic would consume his days. After retiring with more than 30 years in private practice at… Read more

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Health: Public Health to launch new COVID-19 testing locations, schedule starting Tuesday. Floyd testing site to move to Coosa Valley Fairgrounds.

Health: Public Health to launch new COVID-19 testing locations, schedule starting Tuesday. Floyd testing site to move to Coosa Valley Fairgrounds.

  Media release: The Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District is unveiling a new COVID-19 testing program effective Tuesday, September 1. Testing remains free. The new program will feature additional testing times and more easily found test sites throughout Northwest Georgia. “Our goal is to increase testing in Northwest Georgia by making it… Read more

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Health: Redmond Regional earns sixth consecutive American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

Health: Redmond Regional earns sixth consecutive American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

  Media release: Redmond Regional Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for the sixth consecutive year. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.… Read more

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Health: Berry’s Dr. Christopher Hall, an immunology expert, joins GHC’s Community Watch to discuss how critical the right masks are in preventing the spread.

Health: Berry’s Dr. Christopher Hall, an immunology expert, joins GHC’s Community Watch to discuss how critical the right masks are in preventing the spread.

Dr. Christopher Hall, Biology professor at Berry College, joined Georgia Highlands’ Community Watch on Monday to discuss the science of masks, mask myths, herd immunity, and other current COVID issues. Hall was interviewed by hosts Dr. Jon Hershey and Greg Shropshire. Hall earned his Ph.D. in Immunology/Cellular Biology from the University of Georgia in 2000… Read more

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Health: State designates Redmond Regional as a Level 1 Emergency Cardiac Care Center.

Health: State designates Redmond Regional as a Level 1 Emergency Cardiac Care Center.

  Media release: Redmond Regional Medical Center is the third hospital in Georgia to be designated a Level 1 Emergency Cardiac Care Center by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Office of EMS and Trauma. Level 1 is Georgia’s highest level of recognition for emergency cardiac care. Redmond is the only hospital in Northwest Georgia… Read more

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Harbin Clinic cuts the ribbon on expansive pediatrics center now in service between Redmond, the Bypass. Includes: Virtual tour plus a video from ribbon cutting.

Harbin Clinic cuts the ribbon on expansive pediatrics center now in service between Redmond, the Bypass. Includes: Virtual tour plus a video from ribbon cutting.

>Click here: For a virtual tour of the new pediatrics campus. >Below: Facebook Live video of the ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday evening. In context: Harbin Clinic continues to grow its footprint in Northwest Georgia, including the addition of a third building on its “campus” between Redmond Road across from Redmond Regional Medical Center to the newest medical… Read more

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