Category Archives: Polk County

Draft redistricting map unveiled

Draft redistricting map unveiled

September 29, 2021–6:05 a.m. STAFF REPORTS The Georgia State Senate has released the first draft of Georgia’s proposed Congressional redistricting map. Very few changes for the 14th Congressional District, which runs from Bremen in the south to the Georgia-Tennessee line in the North. Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Chattooga, and Paulding Counties would remain in the 14th.…Continue Reading

Latest on COVID-19 vaccination rates

Latest on COVID-19 vaccination rates

September 29, 2021–6:00 a.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH At least 54% of Georgia residents have now had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine with 47% fully vaccinated. In Northwest Georgia, Floyd County continues to lead the way, but we are still below the state average. As of Tuesday, 45% of Floyd County…Continue Reading

Floyd County reports two more COVID-19 deaths

Floyd County reports two more COVID-19 deaths

September 27, 2021–8:55 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH Two more Floyd County residents have died from COVID-19, according to the Monday status report from the Georgia Department of Public Health. Floyd County is now at 261 deaths since the start of the pandemic. 117 new positive tests were included in the numbers, which also…Continue Reading

Kemp announces bonus for public safety officials & first responders

Kemp announces bonus for public safety officials & first responders

September 27th, 2021 – 4:00 PM The state of Georgia (Press Release) – Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced a $1,000 pay supplement for all eligible sworn law enforcement officials and first responders in Georgia. Local governments and employers of public safety officials and first responders are encouraged to visit the Office of Planning and…Continue Reading

Polk Medical Center earns recognition for heart failure care

Polk Medical Center earns recognition for heart failure care

September 27, 2021–10:32 a.m. NEWS RELEASE Polk Medical Center’s commitment to helping patients manage heart failure, including diabetes care, has earned the hospital the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Polk Medical Center’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according…Continue Reading

Gas prices up slightly

Gas prices up slightly

September 27, 2021–10:23 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices increased last week alongside rising crude oil and gasoline futures prices. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.99 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 2 cents more than a week ago, 4 cents more than last month, and 99 cents more than this time last year. According…Continue Reading

COVID-19 booster shots available for some starting Monday

COVID-19 booster shots available for some starting Monday

September 26, 2021–1:19 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH All Georgia health departments, including those in Northwest Georgia, will begin offering to eligible people Monday, September 27. The recommendations for COVID vaccine booster shots are: People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine…Continue Reading

GA DPH follows federal recommendations for COVID booster shots

GA DPH follows federal recommendations for COVID booster shots

September 24th, 2021 – 3:40 PM Georgia Department of Public Health – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) will follow the guidance and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) for COVID vaccine booster shots. The recommendations for COVID vaccine booster shots are:…Continue Reading

Floyd County reports six COVID-19 deaths Thursday

Floyd County reports six COVID-19 deaths Thursday

September 23, 2021–7:10 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH Six more Floyd County residents have died from COVID-19, according to the Thursday status report from the Georgia Department of Public Health. Floyd County is now at 257 deaths since the start of the pandemic. From Wednesday to Thursday, another death was reported in Bartow County…Continue Reading

Polk County recognized as GRAD Select Site at 2021 GEDA Conference

Polk County recognized as GRAD Select Site at 2021 GEDA Conference

September 22nd, 2021 – 11:00 AM Staff Reports – During the 2021 Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) Annual Conference in Savannah, the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced new ‘GRAD Certified Select’ sites across the state.  Economic developers representing each newly recognized and newly renewed ‘GRAD Certified Select’ property were presented with a special certificate. Among those sites recognized was the Development Authority of Polk County’s Cedartown North Business Park – Phase…Continue Reading