Area News

The Danger of Ending Social Distancing too Early

Message from Dr. Gary Voccio, Health Director for the Georgia Department of Health: ROME, GA: You may have heard about some recent national studies suggesting that our social distancing measures, or what I prefer to call safe physical distancing measures, appear to be making a difference in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Indeed, looking at our data…

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Chattooga is up to five confirmed cases

Monitoring Data for Chattooga County   5 confirmed cases and 1 death in Chattooga County per Georgia Department of Public Health.  Please watch the Georgia Department of Public Health Website at https://dph.georgia.gov/georgia-department-public-health-covid-19-daily-status-reportfor COVID-19 official case counts released each day at 12:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Urgent Care Patient In-take Level- MODERATE with Increases Unacast Cell…

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Georgia primary election delayed to June 9 amid coronavirus

By Beau Evans Staff Writer Capitol Beat News Service ATLANTA – Georgia’s primary election set for May 19 will be postponed three weeks to June 9 due to health and safety concerns over coronavirus, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Thursday. The move came after Gov. Brian Kemp extended the state’s public health emergency status…

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Sharp Increase Noted In Covid-19 Cases

Atlanta – 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 increase. Without question, these numbers also tell us that…

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Strong state revenue report could be last for foreseeable future

By Dave Williams Bureau Chief Capitol Beat News Service ATLANTA – The state probably has received its last positive revenue report for awhile. The Georgia Department of Revenue reported Tuesday that tax collections increased by 9.8% last month compared to March of last year. The state brought in $1.83 billion in revenue last month, an…

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Shelter In Place FAQ

Everything you want to know about Gov. Kemp’s shelter in place order By Dave Williams Bureau Chief Capitol Beat News Service Gov. Brian Kemp has issued a statewide shelter-in-place order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Here are some frequently asked questions surrounding the order and answers supplied by the governor’s office: How long…

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COVID-19 testing program launched at Georgia Tech

By Dave Williams Bureau Chief Capitol Beat News Service ATLANTA – Georgia Tech opened a drive-thru rapid COVID-19 testing site Monday on its Midtown Atlanta campus. The test site, a partnership between the state Department of Public Health and CVS Health, is operating at a parking deck at 352 Peachtree Place. At full capacity, the…

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Deadly chase ends in Trion

The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department was involved in a vehicle chase that ended with the fleeing suspect shooting himself. A deputy tried stopping a red Jeep in the Pennville area but it would not stop. The chase headed north on Hwy. 27 toward Trion. The vehicle slowed near the Chattooga River Bridge and the driver…

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