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 […]

Spalding County deputy involved in Patterson Road wreck

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Spalding County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been involved in a wreck on Patterson Road. “It’s a two-vehicle motor vehicle crash, one vehicle being a Sheriff’s Office vehicle,” said Maj. Dwayne Jones. The Georgia State Patrol has been notified and is en route to investigate the wreck. Jones had no specific […]

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 […]

Local high school graduation ceremonies have not been cancelled

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Rumors circulating that local high school graduation ceremonies have been cancelled are just that – rumors. Officials of the Griffin-Spalding County School System say that decision has not been made. “We haven’t made a decision on graduation. We have not decided anything on graduation ceremonies as of yet,” said GSCSS Executive […]

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 […]

Georgia receives statewide disaster declaration from U.S. Small Business Administration

STAFF REPORT ::: The state of Georgia has received an official statewide disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration. According to a press release from Governor Brian Kemp, this will provide assistance in the form of SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to impacted small businesses in all 159 Georgia counties. “This is great news […]

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 […]