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COVID has killed 1,003 Northwest Georgians; 5 more recorded Friday. 140 virus patient in Rome hospitals. Health Department updates on booster shots.

COVID has killed 1,003 Northwest Georgians; 5 more recorded Friday. 140 virus patient in Rome hospitals. Health Department updates on booster shots.

THE LATEST From Public Health: “The free COVID-19 test site at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds, Rome, will be closed today, Saturday, Sept. 25. The test site will be open tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 26 from Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.” FRIDAY 5 more die in Northwest Georgia: 3 in Floyd, 1 each in Gordon and Polk.… Read more

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COVID on campus: Daily, weekly reports from area campuses showing mostly declines (through Friday).

COVID on campus: Daily, weekly reports from area campuses showing mostly declines (through Friday).

The latest: Rome City Schools off Monday Students will not be on campus. Vaccination clinic offered from 9 a.m. until noon that day at the career academy, open to all. STATE OF OUR SCHOOLS: Latest updates from each school system. Weekday reports (through Sept. 24): Rome City Schools. No report since Sept. 21; 5 new cases… Read more

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Georgia Health News: COVID’s impact across state school systems, especially bus drivers including one who drove a Floyd County route, drawing new concerns.

Georgia Health News: COVID’s impact across state school systems, especially bus drivers including one who drove a Floyd County route, drawing new concerns.

>Click here for Hometown Headlines’ recently report on COVID on campus. By Andy Miller and Phil Galewitz Georgia Health News Natalia D’Angelo got sick right after school started in August. She was driving a school bus for special education students in Griffin-Spalding County School System about 40 miles south of Atlanta and contracted Covid-19. One… Read more

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60% of all virus outbreaks in the state are taking place in schools, per Public Health. What’s the toll on local students, faculty, staff?

60% of all virus outbreaks in the state are taking place in schools, per Public Health. What’s the toll on local students, faculty, staff?

  There’s a Facebook video on a Rome funeral home’s page that shows friends paying their respects to a woman, in her mid 40s, who died from COVID. All of the guests who file by the open casket are wearing masks but are separated from any direct contact by an attendant. Black, white, Latino —… Read more

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Health: Honors for Heyman HospiceCare at Floyd.

Health: Honors for Heyman HospiceCare at Floyd.

Media release: An organization that helps hospice and home health providers improve the services they provide to patients and their families has recognized Heyman HospiceCare at Floyd. Heyman HospiceCare has earned Hospice Honors recognition from HEALTHCAREfirst. (List of 2021 winners). Hospice Honors is an award given to hospice providers that continuously provide the highest level… Read more

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Northwest Georgia and vaccines: Almost 39% have had 1 dose; 33.5% fully protected. Plus: Berry’s Viking Fusion looks at vaccines and students.

Northwest Georgia and vaccines: Almost 39% have had 1 dose; 33.5% fully protected. Plus: Berry’s Viking Fusion looks at vaccines and students.

Above: A Viking Fusion look at Berry College students and the COVID vaccine as local cases spike. Please click the arrow to watch the two-minute update. Our weekly look at vaccination rates across Northwest Geogia shows some gains. More than 4,000 people received their first dose last week, the second most in the past nine… Read more

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Health: Flu shots now available across Northwest Georgia as season begins. Says Dr. Gary Voccio: ‘It is critically important to get your flu vaccine and your COVID-19 vaccine, and you can get both at the same time.’

Health: Flu shots now available across Northwest Georgia as season begins. Says Dr. Gary Voccio: ‘It is critically important to get your flu vaccine and your COVID-19 vaccine, and you can get both at the same time.’

Flu season is just about here and Public Health in Floyd and Bartow are offering flu shots for the season ahead. The 2020-21 season was extremely mild in Georgia, in part because of all the COVID protocols (washing hands, social distancing, mask wearing). Look for the weekly stats to begin in October. Media release: Public… Read more

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Health: As the surge of COVID cases continues, National Guard members are volunteering to assist AdventHealth Gordon in nonclinical roles.

Health: As the surge of COVID cases continues, National Guard members are volunteering to assist AdventHealth Gordon in nonclinical roles.

  In context: Last year, you saw the photos of National Guard members helping area senior healthcare campuses fight the first wave of COVID,  usually involving cleaning and a general “fogging” of establishments as needed. Now, as the delta variant is swelling area hospitals and taxing staff, guard members are volunteering to take on nonmedical… Read more

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Georgia Health News: 60% of the new COVID cases are in our state’s schools, grades kindergarten through 12th grade.

Georgia Health News: 60% of the new COVID cases are in our state’s schools, grades kindergarten through 12th grade.

    By Andy Miller Georgia Health News About 60 percent of current Covid outbreaks in Georgia are occurring in K-12 schools across the state, public health officials said Tuesday. That’s seven times more than the child outbreaks in previous virus surges, Cherie Drenzek, the state epidemiologist, told the board of the Department of Public… Read more

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Uptick in vaccines: 37.7% of NW Georgia has had at least 1 dose; 32.4% are fully vaccinated. At the same time, 8% of the region’s 44,413 COVID cases have been recorded since Aug. 31; that count began in March 2020.

Uptick in vaccines: 37.7% of NW Georgia has had at least 1 dose; 32.4% are fully vaccinated. At the same time, 8% of the region’s 44,413 COVID cases have been recorded since Aug. 31; that count began in March 2020.

It was a brutal week in Northwest Georgia. 43 people died of COVID between Sept. 3 and Sept. 10 in the region. That doesn’t include four more probable deaths. 2,057 new cases were detected over seven days: 739 live in Floyd; 512 in Bartow; 249 in Gordon; 351 in Polk; and 206 in Chattooga. 333… Read more

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Even as COVID cases soar (1,838 in two weeks), vaccination numbers stall. Only 31.7% of Northwest Georgians are fully protected.

Even as COVID cases soar (1,838 in two weeks), vaccination numbers stall. Only 31.7% of Northwest Georgians are fully protected.

  On Tuesday, a 13-year-old Coosa High eighth grader died from COVID, the youngest yet in Northwest Georgia since the pandemic began. On Friday night, Coosa High hosted crosstown rival Armuchee High. A previously scheduled vaccination clinic was held there as well; we’re told 28 people got their first dose, including eight students — a… Read more

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Area healthcare leaders seek community’s help to stop the ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated.’ Earlier, they didn’t hold back in assessing critical state of the COVID surge.

Area healthcare leaders seek community’s help to stop the ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated.’ Earlier, they didn’t hold back in assessing critical state of the COVID surge.

Joint statement from Northwest Georgia healthcare facilities and Public Health urging action to help us with COVID-19 crisis.    The following statement was shared Friday afternoon, less than a day after area healthcare leaders presented details about how critical the delta variant spike is in our community and what it is doing to their combined campuses… Read more

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Georgia tops 20,000 COVID deaths; one of the 106 fatalities that put the state over the mark Friday was from Floyd County.  483 new cases. 185 virus patients in Floyd, Redmond; 60 in Cartersville; 75 in Calhoun.

Georgia tops 20,000 COVID deaths; one of the 106 fatalities that put the state over the mark Friday was from Floyd County. 483 new cases. 185 virus patients in Floyd, Redmond; 60 in Cartersville; 75 in Calhoun.

  FRIDAY REPORT: Another Floyd death Friday and another probable death in Gordon. Region report:  732 virus deaths, up 1, and 106 “probable” deaths, up 1. 483 new cases in Northwest Georgia since Thursday. 165 in Floyd; 97 in Bartow, 82 in Gordon, 89 in Polk and 50 in Chattooga. 185 virus patients in Floyd, Redmond… Read more

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COVID on campus: At least 658 COVID cases, students and staff, on area campuses last week. Bartow Schools report the most, 193 cases.

COVID on campus: At least 658 COVID cases, students and staff, on area campuses last week. Bartow Schools report the most, 193 cases.

STATE OF OUR SCHOOLS: Latest updates from each school system. Please note the Rome City report has a new web address. Rome City Schools. 22 new cases on Wednesday; 72 cases with seven-day total. All schools under mask mandate. Floyd County Schools. 38 student, faculty and staff cases on Thursday; up 12. No classes Friday. Masks… Read more

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Georgia Health News: Questions, concerns about attending college, pro games. Plus: Updates on local high school, college games.

Georgia Health News: Questions, concerns about attending college, pro games. Plus: Updates on local high school, college games.

    Here are the policies at local high school and college games so far this season: High school: For Rome home games, masks are recommended but not required. At Floyd County Schools’ games, masks are optional and encouraged. College: At Berry, masks not required but encouraged. At Shorter (Barron Stadium),  masks are recommended. By Andy… Read more

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