School officials approve 2020-2021 reopening plan

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding Board of Education has approved a plan to reopen the school system for the 2020-2021 academic year. The delayed school starting date is Sept. 8 and was presented as Option 1 in a stakeholder survey. The approved plan will allow schools to resume normal operations while also offering a remote […]

Department of Public Health awaiting confirmation on new COVID-19 cases

STAFF REPORT ::: Five more Georgia residents have tested positive for COVID-19 in testing conducted by the Department of Public Health Laboratory. Those results are considered presumptive positives and have been forwarded to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation. These five latest cases involve one resident each from Charlton and Fulton counties […]

Kemp: Fayette County has presumptive positive COVID-19 patient

STAFF REPORT ::: A Piedmont Fayette Hospital patient has tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 and officials are awaiting confirmatory testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Fayette patient is among five new presumptive positive results. Those include one each in Cobb and Gwinnett counties and two in Dekalb County. These individuals are […]

Kemp: Sources of infection unknown in four new presumptive positive COVID-19 cases

STAFF REPORT ::: According to a statement released by the office of Governor Brian Kemp, four new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in Georgia patients, and the Georgia Department of Public Health is awaiting confirmatory testing. Testing was completed today at the Georgia Public Health Laboratory and the results have been submitted […]

New Georgia cases of COVID-19 coronavirus diagnosed

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Department of Public Health reports additional cases of COVID-19 – the illness caused by the newest strain of coronavirus – in multiple counties. According to a press release issued Saturday, there have been “a number of developments overnight regarding COVID-19 in Georgia.” The DPH and Centers for Disease Control and […]

Georgia officials awaiting CDC confirmation of third COVID-19 case

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Department of Public Health is awaiting confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a positive test on a third COVID-19 patient in the state, this time located in Floyd County. The initial testing was completed by the Georgia Public Health Laboratory on March 5. Centers for Disease […]

Georgia officials confirm two cases of coronavirus COVID-19

STAFF REPORT ::: Two cases of COVID-19, the respiratory infection caused by the novel coronavirus, have been confirmed in Georgia. Gov. Brian Kemp, Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey M.D. and other state officials confirmed the cases involving two Fulton County residents. Both live in the same household and one recently returned from […]

Department of Public Health preps for potential Georgia coronavirus outbreak

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is working closely with state partners and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prepare for a potential outbreak of the coronavirus identified as COVID-19 in the United States, including Georgia. The goal is to quickly identify cases of COVID-19 and take the appropriate […]

Flu widespread in Georgia: Department of Public Health

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is reporting the flu is widespread throughout the state, with more than 200 hospitalizations and two flu-related deaths confirmed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention further estimates that there have been at least 2.6 million flu-related illnesses and 1,300 deaths from flu nationwide. Both […]