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RETIRED: 5 more COVID deaths posted Friday: 2 in Floyd, 2 in Gordon, 1 in Bartow. 121 virus patients in Floyd, Redmond on Friday. Latest updates from Dr. Voccio.

RETIRED: 5 more COVID deaths posted Friday: 2 in Floyd, 2 in Gordon, 1 in Bartow. 121 virus patients in Floyd, Redmond on Friday. Latest updates from Dr. Voccio.

5 more die in Northwest Georgia: 2 in Floyd, 2 in Gordon; 1 in Bartow. Region pandemic totals: 908 COVID victims; 124 ‘probable’ deaths. 121 COVID patients at Floyd, Redmond on Friday; no change. 70 at Floyd, 51 at Redmond. 135 new cases in Northwest Georgia since Thursday. 2,518 new cases in Georgia since Thursday. 143 new… Read more

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retired: COVID on campus: Latest update from Rome (1 case), Floyd Schools (6 cases). Also, updates from Bartow, Gordon, Chattooga schools.

retired: COVID on campus: Latest update from Rome (1 case), Floyd Schools (6 cases). Also, updates from Bartow, Gordon, Chattooga schools.

  STATE OF OUR SCHOOLS: Latest updates from each school system. Weekday reports (through Oct. 1): Rome City Schools.  1 new case Thursday; 11 cases with seven-day total. All schools under mask mandate. Floyd County Schools. 5 students; 1 faculty or staff on Friday. Polk School District: 43 students and staff as of Friday. Fall break this… Read more

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Health: Deaf teen teaches hospital security guard American Sign Language to build on relationship that started with a paper bag, marker and love of the Avengers’ movies.

Health: Deaf teen teaches hospital security guard American Sign Language to build on relationship that started with a paper bag, marker and love of the Avengers’ movies.

  Media release: Juan was lonely. He had been a patient in a Floyd health system hospital several times over the course of 2020 for evaluations. His family knew something was wrong and desperately wanted help for him but Juan’s situation was a complicated one. Juan is deaf. He communicates only through American Sign Language… Read more

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Remembering John Garcia, RN: Friends stunned by 51-year-old’s death from COVID.

Remembering John Garcia, RN: Friends stunned by 51-year-old’s death from COVID.

  He doesn’t have a number yet. But by midafternoon today, he’ll likely be No. 261. That’s assuming no other Floyd County residents died from COVID in the last 24 to 48 hours. Since March 2020, Floyd has lost 260 residents from direct causes traced to the virus. Another 51 has been lost to illnesses… Read more

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COVID a big part in the surge in Northwest Georgia deaths in 2020, up 15.2% vs. 2019. At least 378 virus deaths were recorded here last year. Previous annual increases: 2.5%, 7.8% and a decrease of 2.2%.

COVID a big part in the surge in Northwest Georgia deaths in 2020, up 15.2% vs. 2019. At least 378 virus deaths were recorded here last year. Previous annual increases: 2.5%, 7.8% and a decrease of 2.2%.

The latest mortality rates from the state show the real impact on Northwest Georgia from the pandemic in 2020. The region saw a 15.2% surge in deaths in 2020 vs. 2019, or up 555 from 3,638 as of Dec. 31, 2019, to 4,193 for January-December of last year. That’s more than the 90 additional deaths… Read more

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Vaccine rates show why deaths surging in NW Georgia. A record 167 residents have died from COVID this month; just 35% of us have been fully vaccinated and first-dose cases dip.

Vaccine rates show why deaths surging in NW Georgia. A record 167 residents have died from COVID this month; just 35% of us have been fully vaccinated and first-dose cases dip.

  Northwest Georgia’s health departments will begin offering booster shots to eligible people who previously had Pfizer vaccine on Monday. The recommendations for COVID vaccine booster shots are:  People 65 years and older, and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech… 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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