Category Archives: Health

Health: Georgia flu activity remains low; just 19 hospitalized so far this season and two deaths.

Health: Georgia flu activity remains low; just 19 hospitalized so far this season and two deaths.

Flu activity in Georgia remains low with no new deaths, according to latest report from the state Department of Public Health for week of Jan. 3-9. There was only one hospitalization for a total of 19 so far this season. There remain just two flu deaths this season. One victim was in the 50-to-64 age… Read more

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Health: Rick Stevenson named to Redmond Regional’s Board of Trustees. Rome Radiology joins Rome Strike Force targeting vaping, e-cigarettes.

Health: Rick Stevenson named to Redmond Regional’s Board of Trustees. Rome Radiology joins Rome Strike Force targeting vaping, e-cigarettes.

Redmond Regional Medical Center announces the appointment of Rick Stevenson to its Board of Trustees. Stevenson will serve a two-year term on Redmond’s Board. “I am proud to welcome Rick Stevenson to our Board of Trustees and appreciate his willingness to lend his expertise,” said Redmond Chief Executive Officer John Quinlivan. “Rick is a well-respected… Read more

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Cedartown, Rockmart close city offices until further notice because of ‘spike in COVID-19 cases.’ Polk Schools limit winter sports attendance to parents/guardians.

Cedartown, Rockmart close city offices until further notice because of ‘spike in COVID-19 cases.’ Polk Schools limit winter sports attendance to parents/guardians.

POLK COUNTY UPDATES Effectively immediately for all Polk School District Winter Sports Events: “Because of a rise in the number of COVID cases outside of Polk School District, parents/guardians will be the only spectators allowed to attend winter sporting events. We are making every effort to ensure the continued health of our student athletes so… Read more

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Georgia Health News: The state of our state and the virus — record day for deaths (145); record hospitalizations (5,700); a bit better on vaccine distribution (no longer last in the nation).

Georgia Health News: The state of our state and the virus — record day for deaths (145); record hospitalizations (5,700); a bit better on vaccine distribution (no longer last in the nation).

By Andy Miller Georgia Health News Georgia reported 145 COVID-related deaths Tuesday, the state’s highest single-day total recorded since the pandemic began. More than 9,000 new infections were also reported Tuesday, along with 435 new hospitalizations. The overall number of COVID hospitalizations currently has hit 5,700, continuing its steady, record-breaking climb. These grim statistics coincide… Read more

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Rome City Commission, in a unanimous vote, renews face covering ordinance through Feb. 8.

Rome City Commission, in a unanimous vote, renews face covering ordinance through Feb. 8.

Rome city commissioners have voted to extending the face mask mandate emergency order for another 30 days. The unanimous vote came after 1:30 p.m. Friday via a Zoom meeting. You can watch a replay above. The meeting started with City Commissioner Mark Cochran asking Dr. Gary Voccio, Northwest Georgia Publlic Health director, to brief the… Read more

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Health: Redmond Regional employees raise more than $170,000 for charities through Giving Hearts Campaign.

Health: Redmond Regional employees raise more than $170,000 for charities through Giving Hearts Campaign.

  Media release: Redmond Regional Medical Center employees gave back to the community by participating in the hospital’s annual campaign of charitable giving, the Giving Hearts Campaign. Redmond’s colleagues led an organized campaign of financial giving to non-profit organizations of their choosing. Employees were able to make a one-time donation or set up an automatic withdrawal… Read more

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Health: Georgia records first two flu deaths of the 2020-21 season; both were ages 50 and over.

Health: Georgia records first two flu deaths of the 2020-21 season; both were ages 50 and over.

The first two flu deaths of the 2020-21 season have been reported by the state Department of Public Health. The latest report, through Dec. 26, includes information on the fatalities as well as one hospitalization. For the season, 17 people have been hospitalized. One victim was in the 50-to-64 age group and the second was… Read more

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Health: Harbin Clinic planning 11,600-square-foot expansion of Calhoun office this year.

Health: Harbin Clinic planning 11,600-square-foot expansion of Calhoun office this year.

  Media release: Harbin Clinic, the largest privately owned, multispecialty physician group in Georgia, continues to invest in providing best-in-class healthcare for communities throughout Northwest Georgia. Harbin Clinic’s latest announcement centers around an expansion of its Calhoun medical office space at 855 Curtis Parkway, which currently offers Family Medicine, Nephrology and Cardiology services to Gordon County… Read more

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COVID response: City of Cedartown, citing Polk’s soaring virus numbers, urging customers to use online or over-the-phone payments.

COVID response: City of Cedartown, citing Polk’s soaring virus numbers, urging customers to use online or over-the-phone payments.

Media release: An apparent spike in COVID-19 cases in Polk County has Cedartown officials asking the public to take advantage of online or over-the-phone bill pay. Online and telephone payments offer no-risk options when it comes to exposure or spreading of the coronavirus. According to a statewide map from the Georgia Department of Public Health,… Read more

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COVID on campus: Updates from Floyd, Gordon, Polk school systems on returning to class this week.

COVID on campus: Updates from Floyd, Gordon, Polk school systems on returning to class this week.

Students and teachers will return to school this week after Christmas break. Most school systems resume classes on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Gordon County Schools will start back on Wednesday. In his weekly report on Dec. 31, Dr. Gary Voccio with Northwest Georgia Public Health addressed schools reopening amongst increasing numbers of COVID-19. He said he… Read more

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Deadly December: 100 people lost their lives in Northwest Georgia — a record 82 listed as COVID cases, another 18 as ‘probable’ deaths involving the virus.

Deadly December: 100 people lost their lives in Northwest Georgia — a record 82 listed as COVID cases, another 18 as ‘probable’ deaths involving the virus.

  The tenth month of the COVID pandemic in Northwest Georgia was the deadliest as well. A record 82 people died of coronavirus between Dec. 1 and 31, including 32 in Floyd County, 20 in Bartow, 6 in Gordon, 11 in Polk and 13 in Chattooga. For comparison, 77 people died in the first 3.5… Read more

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First Baby of 2021: Floyd welcomes Granger Tate Simmons at 12:08 a.m. Cartersville Medical Center welcomes, Harlow Ella-Giselle Williams, at 10:40 a.m.

First Baby of 2021: Floyd welcomes Granger Tate Simmons at 12:08 a.m. Cartersville Medical Center welcomes, Harlow Ella-Giselle Williams, at 10:40 a.m.

    The first baby of 2021 has arrived at Floyd Medical Center. Granger Tate Simmons made his arrival at 12:08 a.m. on January 1, 2021. Proud parents are Donovan Simmons and Peyton Smith, along with big brother, Easton Simmons, age 3, all of Rockmart. Granger weighs 7 lbs. 11.6 oz. and is 20.5 inches… Read more

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Health: Flu remains on the mild side in Georgia so far this season; much lower than the same point in 2019 and 2018.

Health: Flu remains on the mild side in Georgia so far this season; much lower than the same point in 2019 and 2018.

Maybe those pandemic precautions are having an impact. Whatever the reason, the 2020-21 flu season remains mild — and that might be an understatement. Through Dec. 19, the latest reports posted, 14 people had been hospitalized with the flu. All but two cases were among those 50 and older, according to the Georgia Department of… Read more

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Georgia Health News: The state’s top 10 health stories of the year, dominated by the pandemic.

Georgia Health News: The state’s top 10 health stories of the year, dominated by the pandemic.

    By Andy Miller Georgia Health News The impact of COVID-19 overwhelmed the news cycle – and public discussion — during 2020. That’s why it’s difficult to include any other topics in our annual Top 10 Georgia health care stories of the year. Nevertheless, we put COVID-related stories in our first five slots. It very well… Read more

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AdventHealth grows again, purchases the former Murray Medical Center in Chatsworth.

AdventHealth grows again, purchases the former Murray Medical Center in Chatsworth.

In context: The company behind the former Gordon Hospital — known today as AdventHeath Gordon — has formalized ties to the former Murray Medical Center in Chatsworth. The seller was the Hospital Authority of Murray County. The hospital, with 42 beds and around 100 affiliated physicians, offers emergency care as well as advanced outpatient digital radiology,… Read more

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