January 21, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine available for the expansion of Phase 1-A

(UPDATE #2: All appointments for the Heard County COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on Thursday, Jan 14th are now taken. We are taking appointments for Troup County for Friday, Jan 15 at the Troup County Bus Barn at 100 N Davis Rd LaGrange. To make an appointment call 800-847-4262.) (Franklin, GA) -- Heard County Health Department will offer the COVID-19 vaccine to … [Read more...]

Health Department doles out first doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Heard County first responders

(Franklin, GA) -- The Heard County Health Department on Wednesday administered the first 15 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to some local health care workers and first responders as part of its initial phase to halt the coronavirus pandemic. Local firefighter/EMT Dylan "Brian" McKenzie was the very first in Heard County to receive the initial dose of Moderna … [Read more...]

COVID-19 outbreak confirmed at Franklin Nursing Home

(Franklin, GA) -- A spokesperson for PruittHealth confirmed to the Heard Citizen today that a vast outbreak of COVID-19 is currently ongoing at the Franklin Nursing Home. The company's facility located at 360 South River Road is the only long-term care facility in Heard County. The Heard Citizen first became aware of the outbreak when case numbers … [Read more...]

Heard County now reporting 412 cases and 10 deaths with COVID-19

(Franklin, GA) -- According to the latest report from the Georgia Department of Public Health Sunday, a total of 10 people have now died in Heard County with COVID-19. Heard County has now also officially recorded 412 cases of the coronavirus. The first case in the county was confirmed on March 18 while the 100th case was reported on July 19. There have … [Read more...]

First shipments of COVID-19 vaccine arrive in Georgia

(Atlanta, GA) -- The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) today received the first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine for administration in Georgia. Shipments of the Pfizer vaccine arrived in Coastal Georgia at two public health locations with ultracold freezers required for storage and temperature control of the vaccine. Additional shipments of vaccine … [Read more...]

American Legion Bingo nights postponed due to COVID-19

(Franklin) -- Due to COVID-19, Thursday Night Bingo at the Heard County American Legion is being cancelled until January 7, 2021. Proceeds support Post 148 of the Heard County American Legion and the work they do for the veterans of Heard County. Click here for more information and updates from The American Legion Post 148 is located at 3191 Franklin … [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...]

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...]