Griffin curfew lists 12 exemptions; others face $1,000 fine, up to six months in jail

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith is responding to citizen concerns regarding the curfew enacted Tuesday night by the Board of Commissioners. According to Smith, the purpose of the curfew is to limit transmission of COVID-19. “Hopefully it will keep people from being out spreading the coronavirus. They just need to stay […]

Kemp: 2,000 National Guard medical support troops activated

STAFF REPORT ::: Governor Brian Kemp has authorized the activation of up to 2,000 members of the Georgia National Guard in order to fight COVID-19. At this time, more than 170 service members are activated in response to the pandemic. They have mobilized to support requests from the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency […]

Spalding County imposes curfew; state of emergency

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Board of Commissioners has voted to ratify a declaration of a state of emergency and enacted a curfew. The curfew will be imposed beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, March 27. The resolution was approved by a vote of 3 to 1 with Commissioner James Dutton opposing. The specific […]

Kemp: Georgia public schools closed through April 24

STAFF REPORT ::: Public elementary and secondary schools have been closed through April 24 by executive order of Governor Brian Kemp. This closure applies to in-person instruction. “I am deeply grateful to State School Superintendent Richard Woods, the Georgia Department of Education, superintendents and parents for keeping us informed and helping us make the right […]

DPH confirms 10 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Spalding County

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Department of Public Health District 4 office has released the latest COVID-19 in its 12-county region. As of 5:30 p.m. March 25, DPH District 4 reported 117 cases in its service area including Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup and Upson counties. This includes ten […]

Department of Public Health issues retraction of incorrect COVID-19 data

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Georgia Department of Public Health District 4 Office has issued a retraction of statistical data released Tuesday. It was reported by District 4 Accreditation and Marketing Coordinator Susie Hammock that Spalding County’s confirmed case count had increased from five to nine, Pike County had its first three confirmed cases and […]

Nine COVID-19 cases confirmed in Spalding County

STAFF REPORT ::: The Department of Public Health is now reporting there are nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Spalding County. The most recent update of the DPH daily status report at noon listed five cases. These nine contribute to a total of 184 confirmed cases in DPH District 4, which includes Butts, Carroll, Coweta, […]

Kemp executive order requires some to quarantine; shuts down bars, nightclubs

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Unlike a number of other states across the nation, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has not issued a shelter in place order that applies to all citizens. Instead, Kemp on Monday issued an executive order requiring specifically targeting “at a minimum” some of the most vulnerable to critical complications of COVID-19 including […]

WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital restricting visitors

STAFF REPORT ::: WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital, along with other facilities in the WellStar Health System, is suspending social visitation. This step is being taken on the recommendation of public health officials. “WellStar understands the importance of access and has approached these changes thoughtfully to minimize disruption,” a statement said. “The health system’s focus is […]

City of Griffin addresses utility customers and residents on COVID-19 changes

STAFF REPORT ::: The city of Griffin seeks to remind customers of the importance of paying utility bills and other important information during the COVID-19 pandemic. A press release issued Thursday expressed appreciation for residents’ patience and perseverance during this unique time in history, and acknowledged employees who are “tenaciously working around the clock to […]

Spalding County launches informational COVID-19 website

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding County has implemented a website to cover the local state of affairs and keep residents informed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The website will include the latest updates on office closures or restricted access within Spalding County government offices, and press releases from Emergency Management, Homeland Security and the Department […]

DPH: Three COVID-19 cases confirmed in Spalding County

STAFF REPORT ::: The Department of Public Health reports there are now three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Spalding County. Overall, there are 35 confirmed cases in District 4 which includes Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup and Upson counties. Health officials are taking measures to reduce the spread of […]

To believe or not to believe? That is the question

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: EDITORIAL COLUMN To be cliché as I state the obvious, we’re living in uncertain times. The COVID-19 pandemic has been met with an unprecedented global response that has virtually everyone scrambling to keep up with a constant flow of information. While The GRIP will only report information obtained from vetted sources, […]

Governor addresses COVID-19 status; state and federal responses

STAFF REPORT ::: Governor Brian Kemp on Thursday addressed Georgians, providing updated information on the COVID-19 pandemic, how it is impacting Georgia and ongoing responses from the state and federal level. His address can be read in its entirety below. “This afternoon, I am saddened to announce that we have lost ten Georgians to COVID-19. […]

Spalding County has first confirmed case of COVID-19

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Department of Public Health is reporting Spalding County now has its first confirmed case of COVID-19. There are 26 confirmed cases in Georgia Department of Public Health District 4, which includes Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup and Upson counties. Health officials are taking measures […]