BoE approves appointment of new Griffin High principal

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education on Tuesday night approved the appointment of Dr. Buford Tyrone Kellogg as principal of Griffin High School. Kellogg’s appointment was approved during a virtual special called Board of Education meeting. Kellogg has most recently served as principal of Putnam County High School for two years. Prior […]

Kemp outlines plan to reopen Georgia beginning Friday

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Governor Brian Kemp today announced that his executive order requiring Georgia residents to shelter-at-home will be allowed to expire on April 30, his Public Health State of Emergency will expire May 13 and that many businesses he required to close will soon be permitted to reopen. Hospitals that voluntarily elected to […]

Inconsistent DPH COVID-19 data raises questions

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has reached out to the Georgia Department of Public Health seeking clarification regarding significant inconsistencies in its COVID-19 data. The state DPH website has for weeks been updating data at least twice daily – at noon and 7 p.m. At noon Sunday, April 19, the DPH reported there were […]

Historic City Hall, Mule Barn and Dundee Cafe honored with preservation awards

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation on Friday announced awards for the rehabilitation of Griffin’s historic City Hall. Griffin’s City Hall received the Marguerite Williams Award, which is presented annually to the project that has had the greatest impact on preservation in the state. The building also received an award for Excellence […]

Testing widely expanded for Georgia residents with COVID-19 symptoms

STAFF REPORT ::: All Georgia residents who are symptomatic are eligible for COVID-19 testing. This change, effective immediately, will allow those who were previously denied tests the ability to request the diagnostic procedure. The Department of Public Health is also in the process of increasing the number of specimen collection sites statewide and the criteria […]

911 centers to begin receiving list of confirmed COVID-19 patient addresses

STAFF REPORT :: Beginning this week, 911 communication centers will receive a list identifying the locations of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the jurisdiction. Authorities say this measure is being implemented in an effort to protect Georgia’s first responders. This will be a collaboration of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and Georgia Department […]

Georgia to expand COVID-19 testing; set up 200 medical pods in World Congress Center

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Describing Georgia’s COVID-19 testing as “unacceptable,” Governor Brian Kemp on Monday announced the state will expand the previously tightly-restricted requirements for the diagnostic tool. “As of noon today, we now have 13,315 COVID-19 cases in Georgia spanning 157 counties with 464 deaths. The state lab has processed 3,750 tests, and commercial […]

Kemp urges Georgians not to attend in-person religious services

STAFF REPORT ::: Governor Brian Kemp is urging Georgians to not attend religious services, including Easter services, even those that are described as “drive-in.” Authorities say law enforcement agencies have received reports that participants of drive-in religious services are not staying in their vehicles, but are instead leaving them to allow children to play, use […]

Griffin Board of Commissioners cancels April 14 meeting

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin Board of Commissioners has cancelled its April 14 meeting Citing concerns regarding COVID-19 and the state’s shelter-at-home order, the Griffin Board of Commissioners has cancelled its regularly scheduled April 14 meeting. A press release issued Thursday afternoon stated, “In order to comply with Governor’s Shelter in Place Order and out of […]

Kemp: Shelter-at-home executive order extended through April 30

STAFF REPORT ::: Governor Brian Kemp on Wednesday morning announced he is extending his executive order that declared a public health state of emergency. This order that was originally set to expire on April 13 was extended through May 13. Wednesday afternoon, Kemp announced he is extending his executive order requiring Georgian’s to shelter-at-home. First […]

Georgia’s public health state of emergency being extended to May 13

STAFF REPORT ::: Governor Brian Kemp, Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan and House Speaker David Ralston have announced their intention to extend Georgia’s public health state of emergency through May 13. The original state of emergency was set to expire April 13. State law allows for the extension of the emergency declaration, which Kemp sought to […]

Rapid result drive-through COVID-19 testing now available at Georgia Tech

STAFF REPORT ::: Access to rapid COVID-19 testing is expanding today with a drive-through site located at Georgia Tech. The test site will be operated by CVS, with testing offered by Abbott Laboratories. At full capacity, the site will be able to conduct up to 1,000 tests daily. “Increased access to rapid testing remains one […]

Pike County Sheriff responds to Kemp shelter-in-place executive order

STAFF REPORT ::: Pike County Sheriff Jimmy Thomas has issued a statement regarding Governor Brian Kemp’s shelter-in-place executive order. “The Sheriff’s Office has received numerous phone calls with questions regarding the recent orders passed down by Governor Kemp. I understand that we all face a trying time that can leave us anxious for answers. All […]

Curfews imposed by city of Griffin, Spalding County no longer in effect

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: With the enactment of Governor Brian Kemp’s shelter-in-place executive order, the curfews imposed by the city of Griffin and Spalding County are no longer in effect. As of 6 p.m. Friday, April 3 – the time at which the shelter-in-place order goes into effect – all activities permitted under Kemp’s order […]

Kemp executive order requiring Georgians shelter in place signed and released

STAFF REPORT ::: The office of Governor Brian Kemp has released his executive order requiring all Georgians to shelter in place in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The order, which details what actions will be permissible and which will be prohibited, can be read in its entirety on Kemp’s website https://gov.georgia.gov/executive-action/executive-orders/2020-executive-orders. It is the […]