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GA DPH COVID-19 Status Report for April 9th

April 9th, 2020 – 7:00 PM The Georgia Department of Public Health is reporting that 100 Floyd County residents have now tested positive for COVID-19. There have been five deaths, the latest a 62-year old man and a 75-year old woman, both with underlying medical conditions. The other deaths, an 80-year old man, a 65-year…

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May 19 elections moved to June 9

April 9, 2020–11:05 a.m. GEORGIA SECRETARY OF STATE Today, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced that pursuant to the authority vested in him by O.C.G.A. § 21-2-50.1, he is postponing the Statewide General Primary/Presidential Preference Primary Election until June 9, 2020. Yesterday, Governor Brian Kemp extended the current public health state of emergency until May…


Floyd converting parking deck into field hospital

April 9, 2020–5:10 a.m. STAFF REPORTS Floyd Medical Center is preparing for the worst while hoping for the best. The hospital is adding more hospital beds as models show we could see a surge in COVID-19 patients in late April or early May. Floyd has utilized the 2nd and 3rd floors at the former Kindred Hospital and…


Governor extends shelter in place order

April 8, 2020–5:35 p.m. STAFF REPORTS In accordance with public health recommendations, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has extended the statewide shelter in place order through April 30. The extension is one of several executive actions taken by the governor in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Kemp also extended Georgia’s public health state of emergency through…

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GDOL: Federal Unemployment Aid Coming to Georgians Not Eligible for State Benefits

April 8th, 2020 – 5:45 PM WBHF Radio & The Georgia Department of Labor- The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) is updating its current systems to distribute federal unemployment funds as part of the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) bringing relief to many Georgians currently not eligible for state unemployment benefits. Pandemic Unemployment…

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[VIDEO] GA Governor Addresses State with a COVID-19 Update

April 8th, 2020 – 4:00 PM Georgia Governor Brian Kemp – Georgia Governor Brian Kemp gave a live address on Wednesday afternoon updating the state on the latest COVID-19 News. Kemp spoke on extending the Shelter-In-Place policy until April 30th, and also extended Georgia’s State of Emergency until May 13th. Other topics covered included ordering…

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[VIDEO] Floyd Medical Center’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 8th, 2020 – 3:00 PM Floyd Medical Center – Floyd Medical Center leaders gathered on Wednesday afternoon to inform the public on the latest COVID-19 news. Kurt Stuenkel, David Early and Dr. Robert Holcombe provided the latest information regarding Floyd’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic via Facebook Live:


Georgia tops 10,000 COVID-19 cases

April 8th, 2020 – 7:00 PM Georgia Department of Public Health  The Georgia Department of Public Health is reporting that 97 Floyd County residents have now tested positive for COVID-19. There have been three deaths, an 80-year old man, a 65-year old female, and a 75-year old male, all had underlying medical conditions. Statewide, as…


Georgia Public Health Emergency Extended Through May 13

April 8th, 2020 – 11:15 AM Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) & Georgia Governor Brian Kemp- (Via GPB) Gov. Brian Kemp and the state’s top legislative leaders will renew the state’s public health emergency for another month as Georgia begins to see a sharp uptick in cases and deaths from COVID-19. As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, April…


[VIDEO] Rome City Schools uses 3D Machines to make face mask extenders for medical community

April 8, 2020–8:18 a.m. ROME CITY SCHOOLS In an amazing collaboration of technology and leadership, the champions at Elm Street Elementary have taken a brilliant step forward in the fight against COVID-19.  Elm Street has now become a manufacturing facility for medical face shields. The conversation started when Holly Amerman, CTAE Director (Career, Technical and…

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Jail officers sustains a broken leg in scuffle with inmate

April 8, 2020–8:00 a.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS An inmate at the Floyd County Jail is facing additional charges after a scuffle that left one officer with a broken leg. According to jail records, 23-year old Michelle Cutright-Cox of Taylorsville, while physically resisting, caused the officer’s leg to be injured. An X-ray confirmed it was…


Update on COVID-19 test kits

April 8, 2020–7:55 a.m. STAFF REPORTS Public Health Officials are saying that eventually there will be enough COVID-19 tests to meet the demand, but that could be months away. Logan Boss with Northwest Georgia Public Health was a guest on Tuesday’s First News with Tony McIntosh and he said it’s getting better, but here in…


Report: Man pointed gun at woman

April 8, 2020–7:52 a.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS A 22-year old Rome man is facing multiple charges in connection with an incident back on March 31 on Huffaker Road. According to Floyd County Jail records, Brandon Christian Black of a Fairhaven Drive address pointed a pistol at a woman. The victim told police “At that…


92 Floyd County residents have COVID-19

April 8, 2020–7:44 a.m. STAFF REPORTS The Georgia Department of Public Health is reporting that 92 Floyd County residents have now tested positive for COVID-19. There have been three deaths, and 80-year old man, a 65-year old female and a 75-year old male, all had underlying medical conditions. Statewide, as of 7 p.m. Tuesday, there…

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Cartersville Middle School employee diagnosed with COVID-19

April 7th, 2020 – 4:45 PM Cartersville City Schools Press Release – Cartersville City Schools was notified on Monday that an employee of Cartersville Middle School has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The staff member, who became sick following the time schools were closed, has not been in physical contact with students or other staff members…

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Ryan’s Restaurant in Rome GA Closes its Doors

April 7th, 2020 – 3:00 PM Ryan’s Rome GA –  After many years of serving the community, Ryan’s Restaurant on 2305 Shorter Ave Sw in Rome Georgia has closed it’s doors permanently. WRGA reached out to the Ryan’s Corporate office where a spokesperson informed us that the Shorter Ave location has indeed closed its doors due to COVID-19 related struggles.…


GA DPH: Sharp Increases in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Georgia

April 7th, 2020 – 2:00 PM Georgia Department of Health – The numbers of cases and deaths from COVID-19 have steadily increased in Georgia and around the country in recent days. These numbers are dramatic, and the grief over loved ones lost to the virus is unfathomable. With more testing, the numbers will continue to…


Rome City Clerk’s Office Announces Business License Renewals Extended 60 Days

April 7th, 2020 – 12:15 PM The City of Rome GA Government –  The City of Rome Clerk’s Office announces that the business license renewal deadline has been extended from April 30, 2020 to June 30,2020. Due to current emergency operations, the clerk’s office is not fully staffed and encourages businesses who have questions to…


GA DPH COVID-19 Status Report for April 7th

April 7th, 2020 – 12:00 PM Georgia Department of Public Health – Today’s significant increase in cases is in part due to additional laboratories reporting to DPH, and also improvements in electronic reporting from other laboratories. Patient information is often incomplete and DPH works to complete the records, so data will change over time. Georgia…

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