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.
Welcome to the Bartow Headlines Newscast for Thursday.
First up, coronavirus updates:
Georgia’s death toll jumps to 47; that includes 3 here. The U.S. has now lost more than 1,000 people to this outbreak.
Positive tests: 115 in Northwest Georgia; 1,247 in the state. Updates throughout the day, including from Cartesville Medical Center where eight patients with positive tests remain in care and another 31 patients await their test results.
Speaking of the hospital, a prayer vigil is set for 6 tonight where supporters are asked to surround the hospital with prayer. They are urged to stay in their cars and to please avoid blocking entrances and exits.
Also this evening, Gov. Brian Kemp will hold a TV town hall session at 8.
Cartersville Urgent Care has launched 'virtual visit' options.
In other headlines today:
Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Oostanaula nears flood stage; flood warnings for other local waterways. Three perfect spring days in a row starting today; highs in the upper 70s, low 80s.
Dining: No Public Health restaurant inspection scores from Bartow from Wednesday.
Our Crimewatch report has updates from the Bartow County Jail.
RANT OF THE DAY: Taking it to the streets
There’s a parade set for 1:30 this afternoon as Armuchee Elementary School staff and teachers do cruise-ins in these subdivisions: Battle Farm, Northwoods, Wood Glen, Emerald Oaks, Swan Lake, Applewood and Birchfield.
Earlier in the day, Swift & Finch will have that funky coffee bus of theirs Live from the Twick – that is, in the Twickenham subdivision off Chulio Road after a successful visit in East Rome on Wednesday.
Snow cone operators are on the move and even Frios will be mobile this coming Saturday along city and county streets.
You’ll find chalk up and down local drive ways, some complete with editorial messages urging you to stay home (except for walking around the neighborhoods).
And one of our neighbors, who’s daughter’s birthday party was cut short by the social distancing rules, had a little parade of their own (we remember how a relative did the same thing in Cave Spring one Independence Day, starting a Norman Rockwell-like setting every Fourth of July).
All of this is new, a response to the coronavirus threat and closed schools and social distancing and curve flattening.
Larger assemblies continue to be banned although even some of those rules are bending. We’ve seen drive-in church attempts, one of which has now been canceled. In Cartersville this evening, motorists are asked to surround the medical center there in a show of unity against the disease. Participants are advised to stay in their cars.
Educators and businesses and the cleregy continue to take to the digital airwaves for distance learning or cybernetic blessings and such. Walking by one such event has us waiting for Peter Marshall and Paul Lynde to say something funny as these Zoom screens look like something out of Hollywood Squares.
And all that whiz-bang tech stuff is great. But we’re more intrigued with the low-tech options -- school parades, neighborhood-based food trucks, and even chalk attacks.
We continue to deal with a very serious medical threat and we’re far from over it. But it also is wonderful to see a different sense of community expanding, one we hope that sticks around when – not if – we’re in a healthy place again.