August 5, 2020

Heard County reports 4th COVID-19 death

(Franklin, GA) -- According to the Georgia Department of Public Health's Daily Status Report, a fourth person in Heard County has died with COVID-19. The report indicates the latest person to pass away with the virus was a 90+year old female. All four COVID-19 deaths reported in Heard County have been females. The total case count since the outbreak began … [Read more...]

School Nutrition Program served children over 69,000 meals during shutdown

(Franklin, GA) -- The Heard County School Nutrition Program really stepped up during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nutrition Director Melissa Van Norden reports that since the school shutdown in mid-March, a total of 69,768 'To Go Meal Packages' have been served to between an estimated 350-450 children. Of those meals, a total of 49,454 … [Read more...]

FREE COVID-19 testing at Heard County Health Dept.

(Franklin, GA) -- The Heard County Health Department is offering FREE drive-thru COVID-19 test each Wednesday between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Free Health Dept. testing is also offered at the Coweta Fairgrounds on other days. Pre-Registration is strongly recommended. Visit for more information and to make an appointment. … [Read more...]

Heard County reports its 100th case of COVID-19

(Franklin, GA) -- Numbers released Sunday by the Georgia Department of Health indicate the 100th case of COVID-19 has been recorded in Heard County. Four new cases were added in Sunday's report bringing the total to 101 since the outbreak began. Heard County reported its first case of Coronavirus on March 18. Total numbers have risen sharply in the month … [Read more...]

Heard County libraries returning to curbside service only

(Franklin, GA) -- As per the Pandemic Services Plan passed by the West Georgia Regional System Library Board, all Heard County libraries will be closed to the general public effective Tuesday, July 14, 2020. All libraries will be going back to curbside service. Please call each library before you go and tell the staff what you need and they will bring it … [Read more...]

COVID-19 positive staff member confirmed at PruittHealth Franklin

(Franklin, GA) -- The PruittHealth Franklin Nursing Home is dealing with another case of COVID-19 -- this time a staff member. The positive outcome for an employee was first reported Thursday by the Georgia Department of Community Health's Long-Term Care Facility COVID-19 Report and then confirmed yesterday by a company spokesperson. In a statement … [Read more...]

COVID-19 testing at Franklin Primary Healthcare

(Franklin, GA) -- Franklin Primary Healthcare Clinic, located at 1236 Franklin Parkway is open Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM-4:00 PM by appointments and walk-ins are welcome. The clinic is staffed by Family Nurse Practitioners Ann Hastings and Cherry Toney. COVID-19 testing is now available by appointment. You do not have to be symptomatic. Call the office at … [Read more...]

Alzheimer’s Association continues to provide virtual services as pandemic persists

(Atlanta, GA) -- While the on-going coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic still threatens the health of millions in this country and around the world, it continues to create additional challenges for people living with Alzheimer's and all dementia, their families and caregivers, including 150,000 in Georgia and their estimated 540,000 caregivers. The Alzheimer’s … [Read more...]

An Important Update from the Heard County School System

Brave Nation: We wanted to reach out to the community and give an update regarding the progress we are making toward the planning of the 20-21 school year. First and foremost, we want to acknowledge the pandemic and the uncertainty of the situation, but we also want to make it clear that as of today our intent is to hold face-to-face school beginning … [Read more...]

PruittHealth Franklin moves to alert code amber status with no COVID-19 cases

(Franklin, GA) -- Officials with PruittHealth announced via press release this afternoon that the nursing home in Franklin has de-escalated from Alert Code Red and is now operating at Alert Code Amber status. By moving to Alert Code Amber, the center has no positive or presumptive positive COVID-19 cases at this time. PruittHealth – Franklin will now allow … [Read more...]