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Floyd limiting visiting hours as COVID-19 cases rise

December 4, 2020–5:51 p.m. NEWS RELEASE Floyd is making changes to its visitation policies beginning 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the community. Visitation hours at Floyd Medical Center, Polk Medical Center and Cherokee Medical Center will be limited to 9 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 8…


COVID-19 status update for Dec. 3

December 3, 2020–4:52 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH Another 83 Floyd County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Thursday’s report from the Georgia Department of Public Health. Floyd County is now at a total of 5,221 cases, up from 5,138 in Wednesday’s report. Floyd County also reported three deaths from the day…

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One Arrested, Charged with Armed Robbery in Cedartown

December 3rd, 2020 -1:40 PM The Cedartown Police Department –  (Via WGAA Radio) The Cedartown Police Department has arrested and charged an individual with the November 19 armed robbery of the Discount Grocery and Tobacco Mart, 425 South College Street. Sterling Mitchell, 37, of a Central Street address, was arrested and charged on December 2…


Georgia DPH provides update on COVID-19 trends

December 2, 2020–5:30 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is providing the following information regarding the fight against COVID-19 in Georgia. COVID-19 Cases From 11/23 to 11/30, the seven-day average of new cases reported decreased ~14%. (NOTE: the decrease in new cases is an artifact of decreased testing and delayed reporting…

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AAA Urges Drivers to properly secure Christmas Trees

December 2nd, 2020 – 11:10 AM AAA – The Auto Club Group – Thanksgiving has passed and the Christmas season is in full effect. Parents with children in tow are searching for a Christmas tree. Now that you have found the perfect tree, transporting it to your home can be problematic. Previous research from AAA found…

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Delayed openings at COVID-19 test sites Dec 2nd & 3rd

December 1st, 2020 – 4:00 PM GA DPH –  Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District free drive-up COVID-19 test sites in Bartow, Catoosa, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Paulding, and Walker counties will delay opening Wednesday, December 2, and Thursday, December 3, until 11 a.m.


DPH COVID-19 report for December 1

December 1, 2020–3:26 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH 24 more Floyd County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the total to 5,090 since the end of February. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, 35 more positive tests were reported Tuesday in Bartow County, another 23 in Gordon County, nine in Polk…

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Salvation Army seeking bell ringers

December 1, 2020–7:00 a.m. STAFF REPORTS The Rome Salvation is in need of bell ringers for the Christmas season. If you and your family or co-workers or civic group or church group could give some time to ring the bell at a kettle, please call the Rome Salvation Army office and speak with Cathy. That…

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Georgia gas prices increase last week

December 1, 2020–6:51 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices increased slightly at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $1.96 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 1 cent more than a week ago, 1 cent less than last month, and 46 cents less than this time last year.…

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No issues reported on roads Tuesday morning, schools in session

December 1, 2020–6:44 a.m. STAFF REPORTS No major issue reported on the roads this morning but you will still want to be cautious on bridges and overpasses just in case there are any slick spots. All school systems in our area will be holding classes, as usual, this morning except for Chattooga County which will…


Winter Weather Advisory issued for North Georgia

November 30th, 2020 – 1:55PM National Weather Service in Peachtree City –   A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued across portions of far north and northeast Georgia and is in effect from 5 PM this afternoon until 7 AM Tuesday morning. Slippery road conditions could impact morning or evening commutes…


COVID-19 drive-up testing being discontinued in Polk: Available in nearby counties

November 30th, 2020 – 1:35 PM Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District –  “Free COVID-19 rapid testing is now available at the Polk County Health Department,” says health department Nurse Manager Malindy Ely, “but by appointment for symptomatic people only.” Ely advises people who believe they may be symptomatic to call the health…


COVID-19 report for Nov. 29

November 29, 2020–6:25 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH Floyd County is now at a total of 5,048 positive COVID-19 tests since March, according to Sunday numbers from the Georgia Department of Public Health. That’s up by 21 from Saturday. 77 Floyd County residents have died, including one death which was reported Sunday. Bartow County…


Blood Assurance Needs Plasma to treat COVID-19 Patients

November 29th, 2020 Blood Assurance Press Release- Blood Assurance says there is an urgent need for convalescent plasma to treat people infected with COVID-19. Convalescent plasma is the purified plasma donated by people who were sick with the coronavirus.  The body’s response to the virus involves creating antibodies to fight off the illness.  Potential plasma…


Update on COVID-19 trends in Georgia

November 26, 2020–11:23 a.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is providing the following information regarding the fight against COVID-19 in Georgia. COVID-19 Cases From 11/16 to 11/23, the seven-day average of new cases reported increased 32.9%. The seven-day average of new cases reported is down 53% from our peak July 24. As…

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City of Cedartown Cancels 2020 REVERSE Christmas Parade

November 25th, 2020 – 10:30 AM The City of Cedartown – On Wednesday Morning the City of Cedartown made an announcement officially canceling their 2020 “REVERSE” Christmas Parade due to lack of entries… The released the following statement on the subject: “Well, folks. This is a bummer. I mean, pretty much 2020 has been one…

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Celebrate Thanksgiving safely

November 25, 2020–8:24 a.m. NEWS RELEASE The COVID-19 pandemic is causing families to make difficult decisions about their 2020 Thanksgiving celebrations. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) urges all Georgians to plan ahead and take steps to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and the flu as they celebrate. COVID-19 spreads easily whether gatherings…

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[VIDEO] Georgia Child Sex Trafficking and Gang Investigation Nets 8 Arrests

November 24th, 2020 – 12:35 PM The Georgia Bureau of Investigation & Georgia Governor Brian Kemp – After a year-long joint investigation, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has arrested 8 people in Albany, GA on charges of child sex trafficking and violation of the gang statute.   This investigation was a coordinated effort involving…

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