November 23, 2020

Department of Public Health urges Georgians to celebrate Thanksgiving safely

(Atlanta, GA) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is causing families to make difficult decisions about their 2020 Thanksgiving celebrations. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) urges all Georgians to plan ahead and take steps to reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19 and the flu as they celebrate. COVID-19 spreads easily whether gatherings are large or small, … [Read more...]

Health Department offering FREE Covid-19 testing this Friday in Downtown Franklin

(Franklin, GA) -- The Heard County Health Department will be offering a mobile SPOC (specimen point of collection) for COVID-19 testing in Franklin this Friday (Nov. 20) from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. The mobile SPOC will be located in the parking lot at the House of Stuff Auction Center (12740 GA-34E) across the street from the Franklin City Park and next to Bank … [Read more...]

Heard County reports 7th person has died with COVID-19

(Franklin, GA) -- According to reports from the Georgia Department of Public Health, a total of seven people have now died in Heard County with COVID-19. Although case numbers had been really low for several weeks, an uptick in late October has raised the total number of reported confirmed infections in Heard County to 256 as of 3:00 PM today. The first … [Read more...]

Ephesus Library accepting donations for COVID-19 care packages for the elderly

(Ephesus, GA) -- From November 2nd to November 30th, Ephesus Public Library will be collecting donations here at the library to make 'Covid Care Packages' for the elderly who may be shut in or forgotten during this time of Covid-19. Ephesus Library is located at 200 Rogers St, Roopville, GA 30170. Items we are looking for include encouragement cards, nail … [Read more...]

DPH urges all Georgians to get a Flu Shot

(Atlanta, GA) -- The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has a message for Georgians: Everyone needs a flu shot. Yes, you! That’s the focus of a new campaign urging all Georgians over the age of six months to get a flu shot this year. “Now more than ever, influenza vaccination is critical not only to protect people from getting sick, but to reduce … [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 Monday between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Pre-Registration is strongly recommended. Visit covid19.dph.ga.gov for more information and to make an appointment. … [Read more...]

Heard County reports 6th death and 200th case of COVID-19

(Franklin, GA) -- According to reports from the Georgia Department of Public Health, a total of six people have now died in Heard County with COVID-19. Although case numbers have been really low over the past few weeks, Heard County has now also reached its 200th confirmed case of the Coronavirus. The first case in the county was confirmed on March 18 … [Read more...]

USDA extends free meals for kids through end of 2020

(Franklin, GA) -- All school kids in Heard County and the State of Georgia will now receive free breakfast and lunch from now through December 31st, thanks to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). An announcement extending their summer meal program into fall means free meals for all children. According to a press release from the USDA, this … [Read more...]

Heard County Schools currently reporting 0 confirmed cases of COVID-19

(Franklin, GA) -- According to a district-wide figures released by Heard County Superintendent Rodney Kay, Heard County Schools are currently reporting zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students or staff at any of the five local schools. Mr. Kay has released numbers each Friday since school reopened on August 5. Of the 1774 students currently … [Read more...]

Community Foundation COVID-19 grants to local nonprofits exceed $200,000

(West Georgia) -- The Community Foundation of West Georgia COVID-19 Response Fund now has issued 45 grants totaling $201,000 to 28 local nonprofit organizations in Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties. The nonprofit organizations receiving the grants are serving thousands of local people in need in a variety of ways. “The many effects of the COVID-19 … [Read more...]