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New distribution process for monoclonal antibody treatments

September 16, 2021–11:13 a.m. NEWS RELEASE The federal government has changed the way COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatments will be distributed in the United States, including Georgia. The decision announced Monday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the result of supply shortages and extraordinary demand for the treatments across the country,…

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Businesswoman Jennifer Strahan announces bid for Congress

September 15, 2021–10:43 a.m. NEWS RELEASE Republican Jennifer Strahan today launched her U.S. House campaign in Georgia’s 14th congressional district. A mother and small business owner, Strahan will be challenging Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene in the Republican Primary. “Georgia’s 14th district deserves a representative who is focused on serving, not being a celebrity,” said Strahan. “There is too much at stake right…

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Time to start thinking about getting a flu shot

September 14, 2021–7:37 p.m. STAFF REPORTS As we head into fall, now is a good time to start thinking about getting a flu shot in addition to the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Northwest District said influenza and COVID-19 vaccines are different. “The Centers for Disease…

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15 COVID-19 deaths in NWGA reported Tuesday

September 14, 2021–6:54 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH Floyd County reported five additional COVID-19 deaths from Monday to Tuesday, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. 231 Floyd County residents have now lost their lives to the virus since the start of the pandemic. Floyd County also reported 64 new positive tests on…

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Latest COVID-19 numbers

September 14, 2021–7:35 a.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH 283 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Floyd County from Friday to Monday, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Floyd County did not report any additional deaths over the weekend, remaining at 226 since the start of the pandemic. On Monday, there were 109…

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Standoff in Polk County ends peacefully

September 13, 2021–8:48 p.m. POLK COUNTY POLICE A standoff between a man with a pump shotgun and police in Polk County ends peacefully Monday. Polk County Police, assisted by Aragon Police, were dispatched to Portland Road Road and made contact with a twenty-year-old man who placed the shotgun to his chin and began requesting for…

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Georgia gas prices down slightly

September 13, 2021–10:01 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices decreased at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.97 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 1 cent less than a week ago, 1 cent more than last month, and 95 cents more than this time last year. According to…

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GSP investigating two traffic fatalities in Polk County

September 13, 2021–9:56 a.m. GEORGIA STATE PATROL An 84-year old Cedartown man died in a three-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon on Highway 27 at Fairgrounds Road. The state patrol reports that a tractor-trailer was traveling in the left lane of 27 southbound, and a Dodge Ram 3500 pulling a trailer was in the right lane, directly…

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[VIDEO] Dr. Voccio gives COVID-19 update

September 12, 2021–2:05 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH It’s a question on everyone’s mind, “When will this latest surge of COVID-19 cases end?” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention modeling indicates we could plateau in the next couple of weeks. However, Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Northwest…

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Georgia gas sees increased price at the pump

September 7th, 2021 – 2:15 PM AAA – The Auto Club Group – Georgia gas prices increased at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.98 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 2 cents more than a week ago, 1 cent more than last month, and 95 cents more than this…

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Rain, possibly severe storms in the forecast

August 30, 2021–9:17 p.m. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE Storms rolled through Northwest Georgia Monday and We could see more bad weather Tuesday from the remnants of Hurricane Ida. We have a slight risk of severe weather with brief spin-up tornadoes possible. We could also see 2-3 inches of rain. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until…

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Gas prices could be headed up after Hurricane Ida

August 30, 2021–9:12 p.m. STAFF REPORTS Georgia gas prices were down a penny last week, but they could be headed back up following Hurricane Ida. According to AAA, the storm has left more than one million people in Louisiana and Mississippi without power and has likely taken about 13% of U.S. refining capacity offline. There…

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Floyd County reports 306 new COVID-19 cases from Friday to Monday

fLOYDAugust 30, 2021–9:09 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH Floyd County reported 306 new COVID-19 cases from Friday to Monday, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. A total of 12,162 Floyd County residents have tested positive since the start of the pandemic. Bartow County reported 211 new cases, and one additional death Monday.…

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Toomey: Georgia is seeking significant COVID-19 infections among children

August 30, 2021–9:06 p.m. STAFF REPORTS We are seeing the highest number of weekly outbreaks since the pandemic began, with more than half the outbreaks occurring in K-12 schools. Dr. Kathleen Toomey, the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health,  spoke Monday about the significant number of cases among school-aged children. “Those numbers of…

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Floyd returning to restricted visitation

August 27, 2021–10:34 a.m. NEWS RELEASE In light of the continued rise of hospitalized COVID-19 patients and the increasing community spread of infection, Floyd is further limiting visitation at all locations, including outpatient services such as diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation services, wound care, primary care, and urgent care. Effective Friday, August 27, no visitors will be…

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Floyd County reports 67 new COVID-19 cases Thursday

August 26, 2021–4:30 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH Floyd County reported 67 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. We are now at a total of 11,693 cases since the start of the pandemic. No additional deaths were reported in Floyd County. However, Bartow County reported four deaths while Gordon County had two and Polk County…

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Georgia adopts new K-12 mathematics standards

 August 26th, 2021 – 2:45 PM Georgia Department of Education – The State Board of Education today approved State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ recommendation to adopt the new K-12 Mathematics Standards. The current (2020-2021) school year will be dedicated to teacher training on the new standards, with implementation to follow in future years. The standards were…

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Local unemployment rates fall in July

August 26, 2021–10:45 a.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR The unemployment rate in the Rome area dropped to 3% in July. The jobless rate was 4.2% in June, and 7.4% in July of last year. Bartow County’s unemployment rate was 2.8%, down from 4% the month before and 7.3% in July of 2020. Gordon County checked…

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Floyd County reports 95 new COVID-19 cases, one death Wednesday

August 25, 2021–5:43 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH 95 more Floyd County residents test positive for COVID-19, according to the Wednesday daily status report from the Georgia Department of Public Health. Floyd County is now at 11,617 cases since the start of the pandemic with 1,026 of those cases being reported in the last…

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