Georgia’s death toll hits 102, up 15 since noon Monday. Statewide positive tests were at 3,032 Monday, locally,188 test positive.
11 residents at Rome Health and Rehabilitation Center test positive for coronavirus, up from two last week; two remain hospitalized.
Business: Toyo Tire suspends production at White plant through April 18 because of virus impact. Also: 5 closed Shaw plants in Bartow resume operations today.
Georgia Northwestern donates 5 ventilators, 600 N95 masks and 20,800 gloves to GEMA to fight coronavirus. Blood Assurance moving to appointments only April 3.
Today's other news:
Body of white male, believed to be around 35, found in creek in Coosa area; autopsy pending but coroner says no initial signs of foul play.
Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Severe weather possible this afternoon but most of it should stay to our south. High of 58 -- vs. Saturday's record of 88.
RANT OF THE DAY: Why some are succeeding in moving to Plan B.
We’re resourceful. As bleak as things look for some (Monday was a horrible day for some in the business world), others are finding a way to make it work or perhaps a new path.
We walk you through a few examples, from restaurants to local churches.
An investigation continues as five people are found dead inside a Bartow County apartment — four females and one male. The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by the GBI in the investigation; the bodies have been sent to the state crime lab for autopises. We’ll have continuing updates later today.
Coronavirus: Trump extends social distancing through April 30; the nation’s top infectuous disease expert predicts 100,000-plus U.S. deaths (we had 2,489 this morning).
A 75-year-old Rome man is among 83 dead in Georgia; 172 positive tests cases in NW Georgia.
Dining: Pandemic causing newly opened or soon-to-open restaurants to change plans, be creative to attract business. We talk with the owners at John Henry’s Grill, Timbo’s barbecue and Mountains Ice cream.
Prayers: Area churches unite for community Easter drive-in services. Faithful hold vigils outside Floyd, Redmond. First Baptist of Rome observing 24 hours of prayer. Plus links to church services if you missed them on Sunday.
RANT OF THE DAY: Gimme shelter.
As we hit the half-way point of the local “shelter-in-place” mandates, where exactly are we? We’re not sure of the answers but we offer the following points that have been shared with us. None are scientific – but they’re on a lot of folks minds today. We're angy. We're suddenly hi-tech. We're bilingual. We're hiding. We're bingeing. We're praying. We're scared. But... are we determined?
Shaw temporarily closes five plants in Bartow County as fourth worker tests positive for the virus; Shaw is Bartow’s largest employer.
Latest updates from region, state: 56 dead including four here. Local updates.
Outtakes from Gov. Brian Kemp's televised town hall meeting.
Public Health director's grim forecast: 'We expect to see more COVID-19 cases and, sadly, more deaths.' The initial cases 'are related to one group gathering.'
State prepares for onslaught in jobless claims; extends benefits amid robust February reports in Northwest Georgia.
Education: Early look at what Kemp's decision to postpone reopening of public schools means to Floyd County, Rome districts. GNTC to stay online for now.
Helping: Tyson Foods steps up to help Floyd Schools, YMCA sponsor pop-up markets; Heritage Sleep Concepts changes operations, making needed masks.
Today's other news:
Suspect wanted on more than a dozen charges extradicted to Floyd County.
Hixson, Tenn., man charged in latest child molestation/Internet solicitation case.
Weather service: 'Microburst' during Tuesday night's thunderstorm packed 80-mph gusts, flattened trees off U.S. 411 near Kingston.
Health: Flu deaths in Georgia hold at 83 through March 14; almost double the toll from the previous season.
RANT OF THE DAY: A grim day in Georgia.