May 25, 2020

Bank branch temporarily closed due to COVID-19 concerns

(Franklin, GA) -- According to a media spokesperson for Regions Bank, the Franklin Branch has been closed down only temporarily for cleaning due to COVID-19 concerns and should reopen sometime in the near future. The Heard Citizen first learned the branch was closed when several customers reported the bank closed down during the middle of normal business … [Read more...]

Local reader shares details about his positive COVID-19 antibody test

(Franklin, GA) -- In an effort to inform the public, Brett Smith reached out to the Heard Citizen this morning about his recent positive COVID-19 antibody test experience. Smith, a 2012 Heard High honor graduate and avid follower of politics since his early teens, made national headlines in February of 2016 after an emotional moment with his favorite … [Read more...]

PruittHealth confirms first death with COVID-19 at Franklin nursing home

(Franklin, GA) -- A spokesperson with the Communications Department at Pruitthealth has confirmed the first death with COVID-19 at the Franklin Nursing Home. The death is the first reported coronavirus nursing home death at the facility and in Heard County. The Heard Citizen first became aware of the death when it was published as part of the Georgia … [Read more...]

Heard County government delays reopening after family member of employee tests positive for COVID-19

(Franklin, GA) -- Tomorrow's scheduled reopening of Heard County government offices is being delayed after a family member of a county employee has tested positive for COVID-19. Heard County Chairman Lee Boone alerted the Heard Citizen of the delay following the confirmation of the positive test was received earlier today. According to Heard County Fire … [Read more...]

Community Foundation of West Georgia COVID-19 grants to local nonprofits exceed $100K

(Carrollton, GA) -- The Community Foundation of West Georgia COVID-19 Response Fund now has issued grants totaling $100,100 to local nonprofit organizations in Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties. Receiving the latest grants were: West Georgia Council on Aging for food for the elderly; The Blake House for food for residents; Kids Peace … [Read more...]

COVID-19 testing now available to all Georgians

(Atlanta, GA) -- The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has reached it’s goal of testing 100,000 individuals in 10 days. More than 108,000 tests were processed since Commissioner Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H, set the DPH goal last week. “This is an important benchmark for Georgia as we work to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the state,” said … [Read more...]

Heard commissioners broadcast first live meeting

(Franklin, GA) -- The Heard County Board of Commissioners met in a mostly empty Commission Chamber of the Heard County Administration Building  last week for the first meeting to ever be broadcast live on the internet. The entirety of the proceedings were broadcast live on YouTube and the video is still available on the Heard County Government YouTube … [Read more...]

Franklin’s PruittHealth Nursing Home now under Code Red

(Franklin, GA) -- According to the latest report from the GDCH (Georgia Department of Community Health) there are 3,367 positive COVID-19 cases of residents in long-term facilities across Georgia. PruittHealth in Franklin announced yesterday that two of its 73 patients have tested positive. These are the first report cases at the county's only full service … [Read more...]

GDPH offering free COVID-19 testing for symptomatic individuals

(Franklin, GA) -- All symptomatic individuals in Heard County are eligible for COVID-19 testing with a referral from your healthcare provider or your local public health department. Contact our clinical call center at 1-800-847-4262 for an appointment to get tested free of charge in Coweta or Henry County. Call center hours are Monday – Friday 8AM-7PM and … [Read more...]

Official confirms homeless COVID-19 patient was recently housed in Heard County

(Franklin, GA) -- A homeless COVID-19 patient from another West Georgia county was recently housed temporarily in Heard County during the recovery phase. Health officials say that the continuity of homeless service programs during community spread of COVID-19 is a critical aspect of the ongoing fight with the coronavirus. Depending on resources and staff … [Read more...]