Spalding County resident hospitalized, awaiting COVID-19 test results

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Reports circulating that a Sun City Peachtree (SCP) resident has tested positive for COVID-19 are currently unconfirmed. According to Spalding County Board of Health Chairman Johnie McDaniel, a patient from SCP has been tested, but those results are pending. “What I found out is that someone at Sun City was tested […]

Screenings now required for entry to city offices; updated services info released

STAFF REPORT ::: While city offices remain open to the public, effective immediately, everyone will be screened by a certified emergency medical technician prior to entry. Authorities say the city of Griffin will continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with evolving changes in procedure with the best interest of employees at the forefront of […]

COVID-19 testing must be prioritized, medical resources conserved, Georgia officials say

STAFF REPORT ::: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread throughout the state of Georgia, questions abound regarding testing for this newest strain of coronavirus. Today, a joint statement about the prioritization of testing was released by Governor Brian Kemp, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and the […]

State officials confirm two additional COVID-19 Georgia deaths

STAFF REPORT ::: The Department of Health has confirmed two additional deaths from COVID-19 in Georgia. The two include a 42-year-old woman and a 69-year-old man, both of whom died in an Albany hospital. In addition to COVID-19, each had existing medical conditions. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart […]

Spalding County officials announce actions taken in response to COVID-19

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Board of Commissioners has announced action and precautions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and say local officials are closely monitoring all federal, state and local public health announcements. Out of an abundance of caution, Spalding County will be taking the following necessary precautions to ensure the health and well-being of […]

Assistance available for employees negatively impacted by COVID-19

STAFF REPORT ::: Governor Brian Kemp and the Georgia Department of Labor (GDoL) are addressing an increase in the number of partial claims filed as a result of businesses reducing work hours or temporarily closing their doors in light of recent developments regarding COVID-19. “We are laser-focused on assisting the hardworking Georgians who have been […]

Kemp signs amended budget with $100 million in emergency COVID-19 funding

STAFF REPORT ::: Governor Brian Kemp has signed an amended fiscal year 2020 budget that includes $100 million in emergency funding to address the spread of novel coronavirus and COVID-19. “Over several months, I have worked closely with lawmakers to develop an amended fiscal year 2020 budget that reflects our priorities, reduces red tape in […]

There is no Spalding County COVID-19 case: DPH epidemiologist

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: According to Dr. Ashton Harris, an epidemiologist with the Georgia Department of Public Health, there is no confirmed case of COVID-19 in Spalding County. The GRIP sought and obtained this confirmation Tuesday morning. However, there is now one confirmed case in Lamar County, bringing the total for District 4, which includes […]

Spalding Tax Commissioner’s Office will be closed beginning March 17

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Tax Commissioner’s Office will be closed to the public from Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 20. Tax Commissioner Sylvia Hollums said this decision is a precautionary measure to guard against the coronavirus COVID-19. A drop box will be located in the courthouse lobby for property tax and tag […]

Governor signs executive order closing all public schools through March 31

STAFF REPORTS ::: Governor Brian Kemp has ordered closed all Georgia public elementary, secondary and post-secondary public schools from March 18 through March 30. “To keep our students, teachers and administrators safe and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, I am ordering the closure of all public elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools in Georgia from March […]

Sheriff’s Office announces temporary changes to response procedures

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix has announced temporary changes to responses to some non-emergency calls, calls for crimes that are not in progress or have already occurred and civil matters. The temporary changes are being made in what was said to be “an ongoing effort to safeguard the health and wellbeing of […]

City of Griffin issues response to COVID-19

STAFF REPORT ::: The city of Griffin has issued a press release regarding its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is posted below in its entirety: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve on an hourly and daily basis, the City of Griffin is committed to continuing to provide our citizens, visitors and staff with […]

Public health state of emergency declared as state’s COVID-19 case count reaches 64

STAFF REPORT ::: Governor Brian Kemp on Saturday signed a public health state of emergency regarding COVID-19, followed by an address to Georgia residents. Kemp’s speech follows in its entirety: “My fellow Georgians: Over the past few weeks, our state has been facing an unprecedented public health threat with the spread of novel coronavirus. In […]

Governor Kemp to declare Georgia’s first ever public health emergency

STAFF REPORT ::: Governor Brian Kemp has announced his intention to declare a public health emergency beginning Saturday morning. In a statement released Friday afternoon, Kemp stated, “Based on President Trump’s emergency declaration, I will declare a public health emergency for the state of Georgia beginning tomorrow morning. This declaration will greatly assist health and […]

Governor: COVID-19 quarantine facility under construction in Monroe County

STAFF REPORT ::: Governor Brian Kemp and the Georgia Department of Public Health have announced that a COVID-19 quarantine facility is under construction on the Georgia Public Safety Training Center campus in Monroe County. Officials say this area is for persons who test positive for COVID-19 and are unable to self-isolate. This quarantine facility will […]