Category Archives: Health

3 more die in Floyd, 1 in Polk; 301 in region since pandemic began. 171 new cases in NW Georgia; 83 in Floyd. State surges by 4,419 reports. 94 patients in Floyd, Redmond; 30 at AdventHealth Gordon.

3 more die in Floyd, 1 in Polk; 301 in region since pandemic began. 171 new cases in NW Georgia; 83 in Floyd. State surges by 4,419 reports. 94 patients in Floyd, Redmond; 30 at AdventHealth Gordon.

  Thursday’s updates: 4 more deaths reported Thursday: 3 in Floyd, 1 in Polk. The regional total is now 301 and that’s not counting 23 “probable deaths” as labeled by the state Department of Public Health. 94 patients in Floyd, Redmond on Thursday, down 12 from pandemic-high of 112 on Dec. 1. 171 new positive cases… Read more

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Health: Citing COVID spread, Floyd, Polk, Cherokee medical centers limiting hospital visits; restrictions also added to urgent care, other sites.

Health: Citing COVID spread, Floyd, Polk, Cherokee medical centers limiting hospital visits; restrictions also added to urgent care, other sites.

  Media release: Floyd is making changes to its visitation policies beginning 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the community. Visitation hours at Floyd Medical Center, Polk Medical Center and Cherokee Medical Center will be limited to 9 a.m. until noon and 5 until 8 p.m. Exceptions to those… Read more

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COVID on campus: Floyd County sees drop in quarantines Thursday; awaiting Rome Schools update. 3 new cases at Berry. Cartersville: 2 students test positive, 46 quarantined.

COVID on campus: Floyd County sees drop in quarantines Thursday; awaiting Rome Schools update. 3 new cases at Berry. Cartersville: 2 students test positive, 46 quarantined.

FRIDAY STATUS REPORT: Expanded reports below as needed. Rome Schools from Dec. 1: 152 students quarantined, up 4. Staff quarantines at 42, up 3. New positive cases: 3 students. Floyd County Schools for Dec. 3:  Dec. 3: 299 quarantines, down 40. No updates on positive tests. Cartersville City Schools from Thursday: “CCS was notified that two elementary school students… Read more

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Georgia Health News: Many Georgia hospitals report rise in COVID patients, fear coming surge (just as we’re seeing in Rome).

Georgia Health News: Many Georgia hospitals report rise in COVID patients, fear coming surge (just as we’re seeing in Rome).

      >>112 patients in Floyd, Redmond as of Tuesday, up 16 in a day. 3 more ‘probable’ deaths Tuesday — 2 in Floyd, 1 in Bartow. 111 new cases reported. Local update By Andy Miller Georgia Health News Many Georgia hospitals have seen a steady and troubling rise in COVID patients in recent… Read more

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Georgia Health News: Kemp says state’s long-term healthcare facilities should be among the first to get COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Georgia Health News: Kemp says state’s long-term healthcare facilities should be among the first to get COVID-19 vaccine doses.

National Guardsmen cleaning a Mitchell County nursing home after a COVID outbreak.   By Andy Miller Georgia Health News >>Updates from 32 long-term healthcare facilities in Northwest Georgia now at Hometown Headlines. Gov. Brian Kemp said Monday that as COVID-19 vaccine doses begin to be distributed, Georgia’s long-term care facilities should be among the first… Read more

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Rome City Commissioner Mark Cochran details his battle with coronavirus this past week: ‘Thought I was getting better (Thursday) and then got hit hard again today.’

Rome City Commissioner Mark Cochran details his battle with coronavirus this past week: ‘Thought I was getting better (Thursday) and then got hit hard again today.’

  One of the strongest voices in local government when pushing for enhanced safety protocols for coronavirus has been Mark Cochran, a Rome city commissioner and partner in Cevian Design Lab. During caucus sessions and commission meetings, and especially on Facebook, Cochran has been quite vocal in supporting mask mandates, social distancing and other steps… Read more

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There’s a special bond between four members of the Jackson family and Floyd neonatal intensive care nurse Rita Smith spanning almost four decades.

There’s a special bond between four members of the Jackson family and Floyd neonatal intensive care nurse Rita Smith spanning almost four decades.

  Media release: When Truett Aaron Jackson arrived in the world on July 6, 2020, his parents knew there was a chance that he might have some challenges but that’s not the point of this update. Truett was born with Trisomy 21, commonly known as Down Syndrome. He was a big baby, nearly 10 pounds,… Read more

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Charles Wimpee, a war veteran and retired semi driver with a keen talent for folk art late in life, dies at age 87.

Charles Wimpee, a war veteran and retired semi driver with a keen talent for folk art late in life, dies at age 87.

    Fifteen months ago, in a gallery in Rome’s River District, late-blooming folk artist Charles Wimpee had something of a premiere. His creations had been the talk of his assisted living community, The Gardens of Rome off Chulio Road in Rome. Word spread and some friends at The Gardens, some relatives and Harbin Clinic… Read more

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Health: First cases of flu showing up in Georgia — and maybe in our area as well. What to know and what to do.

Health: First cases of flu showing up in Georgia — and maybe in our area as well. What to know and what to do.

  The relatively quiet start to the 2020-21 flu season in Georgia could be coming to an end. The first clue came Friday as Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District, shared that the 10-county district was investigating a potential first case this season. That was followed by the… Read more

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COVID closings: Walmart in Calhoun reopens after two days of cleaning. Floyd jury trials’ resumption postponed to 2021. Latest updates.

COVID closings: Walmart in Calhoun reopens after two days of cleaning. Floyd jury trials’ resumption postponed to 2021. Latest updates.

THE LATEST Walmart is Calhoun reopened at 7 a.m. Sunday. The store at 450 W. Belmont Drive temporarily closed at 2 p.m. Friday and was to remain closed until Sunday at 7 a.m. as part of a company-initiated program to allow third party cleaning crews to thoroughly clean and sanitize the building, according to a company… Read more

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Coronavirus spread across Northwest Georgia is ‘very alarming and very disturbing,’ says Public Health’s Dr. Gary Voccio. ‘It’s going to get worse.’

Coronavirus spread across Northwest Georgia is ‘very alarming and very disturbing,’ says Public Health’s Dr. Gary Voccio. ‘It’s going to get worse.’

Calling the coronavirus spread “very alarming and very disturbing,” the director of the Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest District delivered perhaps his most impactful update yet on Friday. Asked whether conditions would be getting better or worse soon, Dr. Gary Voccio wasted no time in responding: “It’s going to get worse.” That includes not… Read more

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Dr. Ken Jones, Floyd’s chief medical officer: COVID beds at capacity; 18 more ready in former Kindred floor. He’s ‘proud’ of the work done by Floyd’s healthcare team. The hospital has ‘signed up for the COVID vaccine’ and is preparing to use it.

Dr. Ken Jones, Floyd’s chief medical officer: COVID beds at capacity; 18 more ready in former Kindred floor. He’s ‘proud’ of the work done by Floyd’s healthcare team. The hospital has ‘signed up for the COVID vaccine’ and is preparing to use it.

  Kenneth Jones, M.D., is the executive vice president and Chief Medical Officer at Floyd. He was named interim chief medical officer in March and the interim tag was removed in September. With so many changes this week in just about everything involving coronavirus, we asked him a few questions. Please see below: Hometown: Dr.… Read more

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Health: Harbin Clinic, using drive-through ceremony over two days, honors 73 employees with a combined 1,105 years of service.

Health: Harbin Clinic, using drive-through ceremony over two days, honors 73 employees with a combined 1,105 years of service.

Harbin Clinic honored its longest serving full-time employees with a Drive-Through Service Award Ceremony. During the two-day socially-distance event, employees were acknowledged and celebrated for their contribution of 10 years or more to Harbin Clinic. The 73 employees honored for their service have worked a combined 1,105 years for Harbin Clinic. “2020, yet again, provided… Read more

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Buzz: Oak Hill’s Victorian Christmas Tours set. Drive-up flu shots today in Calhoun.

Buzz: Oak Hill’s Victorian Christmas Tours set. Drive-up flu shots today in Calhoun.

  Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum seasonal tours are set for Friday and Saturday evenings starting Dec. 4. Oak Hill’s Victorian Christmas Tours will offer a glimpse into holiday celebrations of the late 19th century.  Each tour will be available to just six individuals to provide a safe and comfortable environment. Tours will be offered beginning at… Read more

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Georgia Health News: ‘The good news on Moderna’s vaccine trial resonates in Atlanta.’

Georgia Health News: ‘The good news on Moderna’s vaccine trial resonates in Atlanta.’

    By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News “Relief. Excitement. Hope. A fantastic day for all of us.’’ That’s how Dr. Colleen Kelley of Emory University School of Medicine described her reaction to preliminary results announced Monday by the biotech company Moderna about its COVID-19 candidate vaccine. The Massachusetts-based company said its clinical trial has shown the vaccine… Read more

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Health: Walk-In Urgent Care opens in Rome as surge in such offices continues in Northwest Georgia.

Health: Walk-In Urgent Care opens in Rome as surge in such offices continues in Northwest Georgia.

The region’s latest urgent care office has opened at Turner McCall Boulevard and Riverbend Drive in Rome. Urgent Team Walk-in Urgent Care is open at 1314 Turner McCall Blvd., next to Chili’s. It is in the renovated former home of PayLess Shoes. Urgent Team – Rome provides urgent care, family care, wellness services and occupational health services… Read more

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Health: A giant step closer to a possible vaccine in the battle against coronavirus.

Health: A giant step closer to a possible vaccine in the battle against coronavirus.

In context: In his weekly update to the community last week, Dr. Gary Voccio of the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Northwest District estimated a coronavirus vaccine could be available as soon as the end of the year, with specific rollout following, most likely initially going to first responders. On Monday, Pfizer and BioNTechSE — not… Read more

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