Fulton County schools move to mask optional next week

Face-to-face instruction resumed this week in Fulton County Schools and the district began amending some operational guidelines. Though some employees have been out due to COVID, school system officials say they intend to stay open providing they have the staff to safely

Cobb County will distribute free COVID test kits Sunday

Cobb County officials will distribute the first one thousand COVID test kits Sunday at an event starting at 2 p.m. at Jim R. Miller Park. The county received this limited supply after placing an order earlier this year. A larger batch of kits

Cobb County will distribute 60,000 COVID-19 self tests

Cobb County plans on distributing more than 60,000 COVID self-test kits to county residents in the coming weeks.   The goal is to target segments of the community where people have had difficulty accessing testing. The Board of Commissioners will consider the use of

Newnan police officer dies of COVID

NEWNAN — Newnan Police Chief Brent Blankenship confirmed yesterday that Newnan Police Officer Ricky Tostenson lost his battle with COVID-19. Tostenson was a 10 year veteran with the Newnan Police Department and served a total of 18 years in law enforcement. Tostenson

Some trash services suspended in Gwinnett County due to COVID surge

The recent COVID surge continues to cause trouble for trash collection services in and around Georgia. In the latest news Waste Management is suspending some services in parts of Gwinnett County. Waste Management will temporarily suspend bulky item and yard waste pickup

COVID surge forces Atlanta Public Schools to go virtual

ATLANTA — Atlanta Public Schools is the newest in a growing list of school systems that will start back by going virtual next week amid a coronavirus surge throughout the state. Students will begin virtual classes Tuesday, Jan. 4 through Friday, Jan.

Fulton County schools will be virtual until January 10

The Fulton County school system has announced its plans for returning to school this month amid a coronavirus outbreak. According to the December 30 Fulton County Board of Health Epidemiology Report, there has been a dramatic increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Fulton County,

Georgia gets first shipments of coronavirus pill treatment

The new pill to treat COVID-19 has arrived in Georgia. The Merck and Pfizer oral antiviral treatments for COVID-19 are being sent to select retail pharmacies in Georgia. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, the initial supply of Molnupiravir and Paxlovid

What is Georgia doing to fight the latest COVID-19 surge?

Georgia is throwing money and manpower at the latest surge in coronavirus. Gov. Brian Kemp announced Wednesday that the state will spend $100 million to put up to 1,000 additional health-care workers on the job battling the spike in COVID-19 cases driven

Georgia reported more than 13,000 new coronavirus cases yesterday

Gov. Brian Kemp ordered up to 2,500 Georgia National Guard troops to prepare for deployment Tuesday as the state set a record high for coronavirus cases, Atlanta’s WGCL-TV reported Tuesday. The state Department of Public Health reported 13,670 new confirmed cases of

Here’s what Joe Biden said about omicron today

President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged that COVID-19 vaccine doubters stop “peddling lies” on TV and online, as the nation grapples with a rising number of cases due to the highly transmissible omicron variant. Biden also announced new federal help for testing

Atlanta’s new mayor tests positive for COVID-19

ATLANTA — Mayor-elect Andre Dickens announced yesterday that he has tested positive for coronavirus. Dickens, who is fully vaccinated and has been tested frequently since the start of his campaign, said the fact that he still caught the virus despite being vaccinated

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