School systems in Floyd County prepare for teacher, staff vaccinations
The Rome City and Floyd County school systems are prepping for mass teacher and staff vaccinations as their eligibility opens up next week. Floyd Medical Center will partner with both school systems as well as local private schools in order to administer the vaccines. Using an existing nursing contract... Read more
Floyd-Atrium deal likely to close this summer
The details of a deal between Floyd Medical Center and Atrium Health will be presented to the Floyd boards during their joint meeting Monday. No vote will be taken, said FMC President and CEO Kurt Stuenkel, but it’s his intention to detail the mountains of minutiae regarding the deal... Read more
Protections for human-trafficking victims pass Georgia Senate
The Georgia Senate passed two bills Thursday aimed at protecting victims of human trafficking, advancing a key plank of Gov. Brian Kemp’s legislative agenda. One bill sponsored by state Sen. Clint Dixon, R-Buford, would allow human-trafficking victims to sue their traffickers in civil court for monetary damages. Read the... Read more
COVID variant ‘probably widespread’ in Georgia, Toomey says
Twenty-three cases of the COVID-19 variant have been reported as of Wednesday, up from 19 cases confirmed earlier this week, according to Georgia Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey. The quick-moving variant is “probably widespread” throughout Georgia since test results lag behind by a week, Toomey said at a... Read more
Enrollment increases spur calls to expand Medicaid
Medicaid enrollment in Georgia has hiked up during the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting some analysts to call for fully expanding coverage for the program that helps low-income families. Others, however, back the partial Medicaid expansion Gov. Brian Kemp steered through the General Assembly two years ago that won federal approval... Read more

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