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Public Health: NW Georgia is ’emerging hotspot’ with COVID outbreaks at manufacturing facilities. Statewide cases down 7%, hospitalization and ER visits are decreasing this week.

Public Health: NW Georgia is ’emerging hotspot’ with COVID outbreaks at manufacturing facilities. Statewide cases down 7%, hospitalization and ER visits are decreasing this week.

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is providing the following information regarding the fight against COVID-19 in Georgia: Positive Indicators COVID-19 Cases During 8/3-8/9, Georgia’s weekly statewide case numbers decreased by 7%. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that Georgia has experienced a 22% decrease in case numbers over the past two weeks relative… Read more

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One class at Pepperell Primary School is now quarantined after COVID exposure. 23 students/staff impacted after ‘Student or staff member’ tested positive late Thursday after developing symptoms at school earlier in the day.

One class at Pepperell Primary School is now quarantined after COVID exposure. 23 students/staff impacted after ‘Student or staff member’ tested positive late Thursday after developing symptoms at school earlier in the day.

  Afternoon update: Floyd County Schools report approximately 23 students at Pepperell Primary School have been affected by the positive Covid-19 case and are in quarantine. Earlier report: An entire class at Pepperell Primary School has been quarantined after exposure to a student or staff member that has tested positive for COVID-19. A letter was emailed… Read more

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Georgia Health News: Emory experts warn against playing sports this fall in areas with high levels of COVID-19 cases like Georgia.

Georgia Health News: Emory experts warn against playing sports this fall in areas with high levels of COVID-19 cases like Georgia.

    By Andy Miller Georgia Health News Emory University infectious disease experts have raised strong concerns about fall sports being played in areas, such as Georgia, that have high levels of COVID-19 cases. Dr. Carlos del Rio said in a video conference Thursday that many communities have COVID-19 case levels that exceed what he… Read more

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Health: Blood Assurance is in critical need of O-positive donors; less than one day supply remains. Donor centers in Rome, Cartersville open until 6 p.m. today.

Health: Blood Assurance is in critical need of O-positive donors; less than one day supply remains. Donor centers in Rome, Cartersville open until 6 p.m. today.

(Media release) Blood Assurance is in critical need of donors due to less donor appointments, continuous drive cancellations and increased hospital usage in the Blood Assurance service area. Less than one day’s supply of O-positive remains on the shelf and O-negative and AB-negative red cells are also in need at this time, with only about… Read more

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Georgia Health News: Kids and COVID — State’s rate is higher than the national average (Ga. 571 per 100,000 people; U.S., 447).

Georgia Health News: Kids and COVID — State’s rate is higher than the national average (Ga. 571 per 100,000 people; U.S., 447).

    By Andy Miller Georgia Health News Georgia’s rate of COVID-19 cases among children is greater than the national average, according to a new report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. Nationally, more than 97,000 new child cases were reported in a two-week period ending July 30, the report said.… Read more

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COVID notes: YMCA cancels 2020 BooFest. No Chiaha festival this October. Northwest Georgia Regional Fair in Calhoun cancels September event.

COVID notes: YMCA cancels 2020 BooFest. No Chiaha festival this October. Northwest Georgia Regional Fair in Calhoun cancels September event.

THE LATEST YMCA cancels BooFest: “Our community continues to face challenges related to COVID, and with our commitment to Healthy Living, Youth Development and Social Responsibility, we believe it is in our community’s best interest to cancel BooFest at the Y this year. We are grateful to our BooFest sponsors who help create the “Magic of… Read more

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Almost 15,000 Public Health coronavirus tests in Floyd, Bartow counties combined last month; around 45,000 for the health district since mid March. How to get tested.

Almost 15,000 Public Health coronavirus tests in Floyd, Bartow counties combined last month; around 45,000 for the health district since mid March. How to get tested.

    Nearly 15,000 coronavirus tests were given at the West Rome Baptist Church and Clarence Brown Conference Center in Cartersville in July, according to the Northwest District of the Georgia Department of Public Health. That breaks down to: Bartow 7,326 (was 4,078 through July 16). Floyd 7,610 (was 4,596 through July 16). Throughout the… Read more

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COVID updates: 3 Floyd jail employees now test positive for COVID-19. Gordon County Jail reports 1 inmate, 2 jail staffers tested positive, others were awaiting test results. Chattooga County Jail also has dealt with staff cases.

COVID updates: 3 Floyd jail employees now test positive for COVID-19. Gordon County Jail reports 1 inmate, 2 jail staffers tested positive, others were awaiting test results. Chattooga County Jail also has dealt with staff cases.

Three of five Northwest Georgia county jails are dealing with coronavirus issues. The first was Chattooga County last week and then at the Floyd County Jail and finally on Monday, the Gordon County Jail. On Tuesday, it was confirmed three cases have been discovered at the Floyd jail — all employees. From July 29: “As of… Read more

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Relative says Rome band student is doing fine; Floyd schools report 9 student cases since June and 6 staff cases including 2 from March.

Relative says Rome band student is doing fine; Floyd schools report 9 student cases since June and 6 staff cases including 2 from March.

As the back-to-school debate grows, perhaps one of the more discussed cases has been a Rome High band student who tested positive late last week, leading to the suspension of band practice until more is known about other members. On Monday, we talked to a relative of the band student. Most important, the student was… Read more

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Area hospitals report  they’re not at capacity as surge in coronavirus patients continues. What to know.

Area hospitals report they’re not at capacity as surge in coronavirus patients continues. What to know.

  The current surge of coronavirus cases is stressing Georgia’s hospitals as shown in the above chart. So far, hospitals in Rome, Cartersville and Calhoun are doing OK even as their patient count increases. Representatives from the healthcare centers cautioned that the COVID-19 patient census varies by the hour, much less each day, but report… Read more

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The Voccio Viewpoint: Latest update from Dr. Gary Voccio of Public Health on state of coronavirus in NW Georgia. Plus, new CDC study on possible spread among school-age children.

The Voccio Viewpoint: Latest update from Dr. Gary Voccio of Public Health on state of coronavirus in NW Georgia. Plus, new CDC study on possible spread among school-age children.

Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the 10-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District, gives us a situation report on COVID-19 in Northwest Georgia, in this 4:34 video with Log Boss of the Health Department. Voccio says Northwest Georgia continues to see increase in all numbers of COVID-19 cases in both the community… Read more

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covid through aug. 30. this page has been retired.

covid through aug. 30. this page has been retired.

Saturday: Two more deaths in Northwest Georgia on Saturday: One each in Floyd and Bartow counties. Regional total: 150. 48 patients in Floyd, Redmond Regional on Friday.  Four others awaiting test results. 116 new positive cases in Northwest Georgia on Saturday. Total to date: 7,920. NWGA Public Health to change COVID testing locations, schedule starting… Read more

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Health: Wellstar online gala this evening supports COVID relief fund; features Northwest Georgia performers.

Health: Wellstar online gala this evening supports COVID relief fund; features Northwest Georgia performers.

Wellstar Health System’s first Wellstar Foundation virtual gala and interactive online fundraiser is this evening from 6 to 7 p.m. with donations benefiting the Wellstar Foundation’s COVID-19 relief fund. The virtual gala is free and open to all. You can register for online auctions and other planned events by visiting wellstar.org/gala. The COVID-19 relief fund supports Wellstar’s… Read more

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Health: Floyd again honored for stroke patient care and treatment.

Health: Floyd again honored for stroke patient care and treatment.

Floyd 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. The hospital earned… Read more

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Georgia Health News: UGA has the third highest total of COVID-19 cases among U.S. colleges, per New York Times report.

Georgia Health News: UGA has the third highest total of COVID-19 cases among U.S. colleges, per New York Times report.

    By Andy Miller Georgia Health News About 400 University of Georgia faculty, staff and students have tested positive for COVID-19, health officials on the Athens campus say. UGA has the third-highest total among U.S. colleges, according to a report Wednesday by the New York Times. The two leading universities, the University of Texas in… Read more

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Latest updates from Dr. Gary Voccio of the Health Department on the state of coronavirus in Northwest Georgia. Video: 4:32 minutes.

Latest updates from Dr. Gary Voccio of the Health Department on the state of coronavirus in Northwest Georgia. Video: 4:32 minutes.

  Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the 10-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District, gives us a situation report on COVID-19 in Northwest Georgia, explains what case positivity rate means and why it’s important, reminds us what precautions we should continue to take, and discusses more of the issues surrounding the approaching… Read more

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Georgia Health News: State’s ‘map’ of coronavirus cases — not the actual numbers — now under fire as ‘criteria’ keeps shifting.

Georgia Health News: State’s ‘map’ of coronavirus cases — not the actual numbers — now under fire as ‘criteria’ keeps shifting.

    By Andy Miller Georgia Health News How the state illustrates its pandemic statistics continues to draw criticism from health and data experts. The benchmarks for a state map on cases per 100,000 population keep changing as COVID-19 cases surge, leading to concerns that this may confuse the public. The color-coded thresholds for Georgia… Read more

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Health:  Floyd honored by American Heart Association with ‘gold plus achievement.’ Blood Assurance continues free testing for COVID-19 antibodies to blood donors through September.

Health: Floyd honored by American Heart Association with ‘gold plus achievement.’ Blood Assurance continues free testing for COVID-19 antibodies to blood donors through September.

Media release: Floyd Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for 2020. It marks the fourth consecutive year the hospital has been in the Gold category. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally… Read more

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