Category Archives: Health

Updated: Friends say Northwest Georgia’s youngest COVID victim was creative, fun to be around. At age 13, he was Georgia’s fifth youngest person to die in the pandemic.

Updated: Friends say Northwest Georgia’s youngest COVID victim was creative, fun to be around. At age 13, he was Georgia’s fifth youngest person to die in the pandemic.

Additional counselors are expected at Coosa High and perhaps other schools today following the death of a 13-year-old eighth-grade boy found unconscious Tuesday morning and later pronounced dead from COVID 19. The teen, now identified in his obituary as Porter A. Helms,  was not breathing at the time he was discovered, Floyd County Coroner Gene… Read more

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‘Anti-Mandate’ rally gets permit for 3:30-7 p.m.  Friday near Heritage Park.

‘Anti-Mandate’ rally gets permit for 3:30-7 p.m. Friday near Heritage Park.

  An “anti-mandate” rally is set for Friday along the footpath of the Levy wall at Heritage Park in Rome. The assembly permit filed with the Rome Police Department shows the assembly will be from 3:30 until 7 p.m. The assembly type is listed as “peaceful assembly.” The application shows the assembly “designees” as Britney… Read more

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Georgia Health News: Kemp offers gift cards, credits to state employees, teachers as incentives for getting vaccinations.  Also concerns about hospital oxygen supplies.

Georgia Health News: Kemp offers gift cards, credits to state employees, teachers as incentives for getting vaccinations. Also concerns about hospital oxygen supplies.

      By Andy Miller Georgia Health News Adding a new incentive for Georgia teachers and state employees to get vaccinated is among several moves Gov. Brian Kemp announced Monday to combat the recent relentless wave of Covid. About 325,000 State Health Benefit Plan members are eligible for the incentive, Kemp said at a… Read more

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Latest masks, closings:  Changes announced for the One Table event set for Sept. 19. YMCA closes play center, the Vault for three weeks. Earlier: Floyd further restricts visitation policies. Masks now required in all city of Rome offices. City of Summerville closes lobbies, offices to public.

Latest masks, closings:  Changes announced for the One Table event set for Sept. 19. YMCA closes play center, the Vault for three weeks. Earlier: Floyd further restricts visitation policies. Masks now required in all city of Rome offices. City of Summerville closes lobbies, offices to public.

THE LATEST  Changes have been announced Sunday morning for the annual One Table event set for Sept. 19 because of the COVID surge: “Accommodations are being made. For example, instead of eating at one long table, there will be small tables set up on BOTH the Bridge AND the Town Green. Boxes are being utilized… Read more

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Health: As COVID creates new demand for healthcare workers, Georgia Northwestern has answer. GNTC has awarded more than 5,000 degrees, diplomas and technical certificates through the college’s healthcare programs.

Health: As COVID creates new demand for healthcare workers, Georgia Northwestern has answer. GNTC has awarded more than 5,000 degrees, diplomas and technical certificates through the college’s healthcare programs.

    Media release: The rise of COVID-19 has brought a new demand for healthcare workers at every level with the American Nurses Association projecting a need of 1.1 million new registered nurses by 2022 to avoid a shortage in the field. Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is using its 60 years of experience to help… Read more

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Georgia Health News: State Poison Center getting reports on misuse of drug amid Covid surge.

Georgia Health News: State Poison Center getting reports on misuse of drug amid Covid surge.

    By Andy Miller Georgia Health News The misuse of an anti-parasite drug to treat or prevent Covid has spiked in recent weeks, leading to increased calls to poison centers. The CDC issued a health advisory Thursday warning doctors and the public about the use of ivermectin to treat the virus. The drug, used for roundworm infections and the mostly tropical disease known as river blindness,… Read more

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PAGE RETIRED; Gordon Sheriff: Calling himself ‘a devout conservative, a freedom-loving American and a follower of Christ,’ Ralston urges community to ‘follow your healthcare providers’ advice and take the vaccine.’ Latest community updates.

PAGE RETIRED; Gordon Sheriff: Calling himself ‘a devout conservative, a freedom-loving American and a follower of Christ,’ Ralston urges community to ‘follow your healthcare providers’ advice and take the vaccine.’ Latest community updates.

THE LATEST In context: As Gordon County continues to battle the COVID surge, one that claimed five residents there last week, Sheriff Mitch Ralston has become of the first community leaders to speak out about those hesitant to get a vaccination to now consider doing so. Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston urges citizens to consider… Read more

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COVID today: You’ll need masks to enter Rome city buildings; Summerville closes offices to public. Cedartown cancels second football game.

COVID today: You’ll need masks to enter Rome city buildings; Summerville closes offices to public. Cedartown cancels second football game.

  Quick updates on the surge and what it means to Northwest Georgia. We’ll also link you to expanded stories on our pages. 7 more COVID deaths: 4 in Bartow, 2 in Gordon, 1 in Polk — plus a new ‘probable’ death. 152 patients in Floyd, Redmond on Thursday. 257 new cases. City of Rome… Read more

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COVID this week: 10 Rome, Floyd schools start week with mandatory masks. Free COVID tests return to LakePoint. GNTC, Health Department begin new vaccination clinics.

COVID this week: 10 Rome, Floyd schools start week with mandatory masks. Free COVID tests return to LakePoint. GNTC, Health Department begin new vaccination clinics.

What’s ahead this week as Northwest Georgia battles soaring COVID cases: MONDAY 10 schools in Floyd County, Rome City will be under mask mandates. The city uses a 1% infection rate or higher to require masks; the county, 2 percent. County schools: Armuchee High Armuchee Middle Cave Spring Elementary Coosa Middle. Glenwood Primary, Model Middle.… Read more

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Highlands’ dental hygiene students clean up (on board exams).  GHC names Michelle Lockett as Assistant Vice President of Academic Resources and Retention.

Highlands’ dental hygiene students clean up (on board exams). GHC names Michelle Lockett as Assistant Vice President of Academic Resources and Retention.

Media release: Every single dental hygiene student who graduated from GHC this year completed their graduation requirements and passed both the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam and the Central Regional Dental Testing Services clinical board examination. Around 20 students were tested. Dental hygiene licensure in Georgia requires that graduates from an accredited dental hygiene program… Read more

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Pandemic Life: The pandemic has created too many challenges for area restaurants. At Provino’s, the crew adjusted to deliver the same quality and service with just a few bumps.

Pandemic Life: The pandemic has created too many challenges for area restaurants. At Provino’s, the crew adjusted to deliver the same quality and service with just a few bumps.

  We returned to an old friend on Friday evening, a place where we’ve celebrated a few birthdays, church milestones, Blood Assurance board meetings, Rome radio alum lunches, expert catering for auctions and school events, and more. Even before take-out was a big thing, this trusted restaurant was a great stop on a Friday evening… Read more

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Health: Citing COVID surge, Floyd, Polk medical centers restricting visitation starting Monday.

Health: Citing COVID surge, Floyd, Polk medical centers restricting visitation starting Monday.

Media release: Floyd will limit visitation beginning 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 9, as COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in the community. The restrictions are being made to ensure the safety of patients, staff members and visitors. Visitation hours at Floyd Medical Center, Polk Medical Center and Cherokee Medical Center will be from 8 a.m. to… Read more

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Health: John Beckner, M.D., joins Floyd Outpatient Behavioral Health.

Health: John Beckner, M.D., joins Floyd Outpatient Behavioral Health.

  Media release: John Beckner, M.D., has joined Floyd Outpatient Behavioral Health and is now seeing patients at 304 Shorter Ave., Suite 104, in Rome. Dr. Beckner treats adult patients of all ages with an emphasis on senior adults and mood and thought disorders. He received his Doctor of Medicine from Northeastern Ohio University College… Read more

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Health: Ribbon cutting at Piedmont Cartersville Medical Center. In Rome, no closing date on Redmond Regional sale to AdventHealth.

Health: Ribbon cutting at Piedmont Cartersville Medical Center. In Rome, no closing date on Redmond Regional sale to AdventHealth.

With the sale of Cartersville Medical Center to Piedmont Health now complete, the Cartersville-Bartow Chamber helped with ribbon-cutting ceremonies on Tuesday.   In a small ceremony Tuesday, Piedmont Healthcare cut the ribbon on its purchase of what is now known as Piedmont Cartersville Medical Center. The deal with Cartersville’s then parent company, HCA Healthcare, was announced… Read more

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Mask mandates begin in Northwest Georgia as others are considered amid rise in  COVID cases.

Mask mandates begin in Northwest Georgia as others are considered amid rise in COVID cases.

With news that COVID infections are again rising — increasing more than 200% over the past two weeks in Georgia — many educational, business and religious institutions in Northwest Georgia are navigating difficult decisions. #maskmandates is a trending topic on social media, and an informal request on Facebook found that several local entities are requiring… Read more

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