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Latest update on Georgia, coronavirus from Kemp; transcript and Facebook Live video.

Latest update on Georgia, coronavirus from Kemp; transcript and Facebook Live video.

  Georgia coronavirus update from Gov. Brian P. Kemp; Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Health; Homer Bryson, Director, Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency; Adjutant General Tom Carden, Georgia National Guard. From the govenor: “Before we get started with our weekly COVID-19 briefing, I wanted to take a few moments to… Read more

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Kemp: Emergency declaration extended to July 12. Summer school, overnight camps, pro sports practices OK’d with restrictions; bars can reopen Monday. Groups of 25 or more OK with social distancing.

Kemp: Emergency declaration extended to July 12. Summer school, overnight camps, pro sports practices OK’d with restrictions; bars can reopen Monday. Groups of 25 or more OK with social distancing.

  Thursday afternoon, Gov. Brian Kemp, state Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Adjutant General Tom Carden, and Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency Director Homer Bryson gave an update on Georgia’s fight against COVID-19. From the governor (media release): “On March 14, 2020, I issued an Executive Order declaring a Public Health State… Read more

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Health: Dr. Dimple Modi joins Harbin Clinic Eye Center; she pursued the specialty because ‘I realized that a multitude of diseases manifest in the eyes first.’

Health: Dr. Dimple Modi joins Harbin Clinic Eye Center; she pursued the specialty because ‘I realized that a multitude of diseases manifest in the eyes first.’

  Media release: Dr. Dimple Modi knew from a young age that she wanted to make a significant difference in the lives of others. As a board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Modi is skilled in diagnosing and treating disorders of the retina and works to help improve her patients’ overall ocular wellness and prevent future diseases. “I aim… Read more

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Health: Floyd, Cartersville Medical Center announce updated visitor policies.

Health: Floyd, Cartersville Medical Center announce updated visitor policies.

Floyd Medical Center and Cartersville Medical Center have both amended their visitation policies. Here’s the latest: Floyd is easing its visitation policy but will continue to limit visitors as COVID-19 continues to be present in the community. Effective at 8 a.m. Friday, May 22, one visitor may accompany a patient who is receiving care at… Read more

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Gov. Brian Kemp’s weekly coronavirus updates. Latest on equipment, personnel and trends.

Gov. Brian Kemp’s weekly coronavirus updates. Latest on equipment, personnel and trends.

  Gov. Brian P. Kemp, Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Health and others are updating the state on the coronavirus outbreak at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. You can watch it  at facebook.com/GovKemp or gpb.org/coronavirus. The transcript from Kemp’s office: “For several months, our nation has been fighting an invisible enemy and uniting to ensure the health and… Read more

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Floyd’s Stuenkel gets detailed in swatting down social media claims; tells of high costs of coronavirus treatment even as the healthcare system saw revenue plunge. ‘Rainy day’ funds are preventing layoffs and furloughs, he adds.

Floyd’s Stuenkel gets detailed in swatting down social media claims; tells of high costs of coronavirus treatment even as the healthcare system saw revenue plunge. ‘Rainy day’ funds are preventing layoffs and furloughs, he adds.

  Watch the full report below: In what was billed as the final edition of Floyd Medical Center’s Facebook Live weekly presentations on COVID-19 — for now, at least –president and chief executive officer Kurt Stuenkel walked visitors through an incredible data drop. Included were the 84 people hospitalized from Feb. 29 through May 20… Read more

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Kemp: Summer day camps OK; no overnight camps. A bit more ‘room’ for restaurant guests. Shelter-in-place continues for those 65 and older. Additional updates.

Kemp: Summer day camps OK; no overnight camps. A bit more ‘room’ for restaurant guests. Shelter-in-place continues for those 65 and older. Additional updates.

  Gov. Brian Kemp opens with updates on the contract tracing program and calls for Georgians to assist the state Department of Public Health.  A quick recap is below followed by a transcript of the briefing: Live performance venues, bars and nightclubs closed through May 31. “Waiting a little bit longer will enhance health outcome.”… Read more

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State Health Department to deploy ‘over 1,000 contact tracers within weeks to strengthen its contact tracing efforts’ of coronavirus, patients testing positive.

State Health Department to deploy ‘over 1,000 contact tracers within weeks to strengthen its contact tracing efforts’ of coronavirus, patients testing positive.

Media release: The Georgia Department of Public Health is increasing its workforce to expand contact tracing for COVID-19 in Georgia. Contact tracing is used to identify and mitigate hotspots of infection to help prevent further spread of the virus. Currently, about 250 contact tracers are deployed throughout the state. To date, more than 3,800 individuals testing positive… Read more

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Dr. Gary Voccio of NW Georgia Public Health: Too early to finalize fall school plans. When classes resume, ‘It will be very different than what it was in the past’ with distancing, maybe masks.

Dr. Gary Voccio of NW Georgia Public Health: Too early to finalize fall school plans. When classes resume, ‘It will be very different than what it was in the past’ with distancing, maybe masks.

Dr. Gary Voccio, director of the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Northwest District, was the main speaker at a joint meeting of Rome Rotary/Seven Hills Rotary this Thursday (via Zoom).  Below are some of the highlights from the discussion. We apologize but our recording of the session didn’t work. Voccio shared has testing sites here have… Read more

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Kemp: More tests being performed but ‘we must also focus on lab capacity to process the testing specimens.’ Long-term care facilities will need ongoing assistance.

Kemp: More tests being performed but ‘we must also focus on lab capacity to process the testing specimens.’ Long-term care facilities will need ongoing assistance.

Right now: Joining Gov. Brian P. Kemp will be Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Health; Homer Bryson, Director, Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency; Adjutant General Tom Carden, Georgia National Guard; and Dr. Brooks Keel, President, Augusta University. You can watch it live at facebook.com/GovKemp or gpb.org/coronavirus. The media release that accompanied the narrative part… Read more

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Buzz: Roman Chariot back in service starting May 15. Cartersville Medical Center moves its occupational health clinic.

Buzz: Roman Chariot back in service starting May 15. Cartersville Medical Center moves its occupational health clinic.

Starting Friday, May 15, Rome’s tourism office will resume Roman Chariot service, which provides free transportation for downtown customers and visitors. To ensure driver and passenger safety, several safety measures will be followed. A protective barrier between the driver and passengers will be installed on each cart.  Drivers will sanitize all surfaces of the cart… Read more

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‘One of the hardest parts is losing young patients’ — Respiratory care graduates from Georgia Northwestern talk about their careers and the challenges caused by the pandemic.

‘One of the hardest parts is losing young patients’ — Respiratory care graduates from Georgia Northwestern talk about their careers and the challenges caused by the pandemic.

  Media release: From Northwest Georgia to New York City, graduates of Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Respiratory Care program are sharing what it’s like to be on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Zenia Bratton, GNTC assistant dean of Health Technologies and program director and instructor of Respiratory Care, in her 14 years at… Read more

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Pandemic and politics: Bartow County, coronavirus the focal points in AJC column on a state Senate race, who spread COVID-19 among lawmakers and what’s next.

Pandemic and politics: Bartow County, coronavirus the focal points in AJC column on a state Senate race, who spread COVID-19 among lawmakers and what’s next.

    Phoro: State Sen. Bruce Thompson, a Republican from White, donated convalescent plasma at the Rome office of Blood Assurance last month following his hospitalization at Northside in Canton and later recovery at his family home on Saint George Island in Florida. Facebook photo. Bartow County politics are a big part of the focus… Read more

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Today’s updates: Peachtree Road Race moves from Independence Day to Thanksgiving. Here’s hoping those race T-shirts have long sleeves this year.

Today’s updates: Peachtree Road Race moves from Independence Day to Thanksgiving. Here’s hoping those race T-shirts have long sleeves this year.

From the race website: “The AJC Peachtree Road Race has been a 4th of July tradition in Atlanta since 1970. At Atlanta Track Club, we had hoped that the conditions around COVID-19 would improve enough to continue that tradition in 2020. After consultation with health experts, we have determined the race must be postponed. “Consistent… Read more

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Kemp lets shelter-in-place expire but orders those 65 and older as well as those with heart/lung/other chronic ailments to stay home.

Kemp lets shelter-in-place expire but orders those 65 and older as well as those with heart/lung/other chronic ailments to stay home.

For most Georgians, the shelter-in-place mandate from the governor’s office will expire at midnight. But for those 65 and older, who have lung, cardiac or obesity issues as well as diabetes, kidney ailments and liver disease, you’re under new restrictions through June 12. Included in that group: people living in nursing homes or long-term care… Read more

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