Northwest Georgia Public Health News

  1. New Distribution Process for Monoclonal Antibody Treatments in Georgia

    September 15, 2021 - 

     ATLANTA – The federal government has changed the way COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatments will be distributed in the United States, including Georgia. The decision announced Monday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the result of supply shortages and extraordinary demand for the treatments across the country, particularly due to the rapid spread of the delta variant. Health care providers will no longer be able to order the treatments directly.

  2. Northwest Georgia health care facilities and Public Health urge action

    September 3, 2021 - 

    ROME, GA: We need your help like never before. The pandemic—its current surge driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant—continues to spread throughout Northwest Georgia and is quickly becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated. Most new cases, hospitalizations and people in our critical care units on ventilators and advanced oxygen support are unvaccinated. Today, only 35 percent of citizens in Northwest Georgia are fully vaccinated, leaving the unvaccinated highly vulnerable to contracting and spreading COVID-19.

  3. Free drive-up COVID-19 testing now available in Bartow, Catoosa, and Floyd counties

    September 1, 2021 - 

    ROME, GA: A free drive-up COVID-19 test site at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds, 1400 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd., SE, in Rome opens Wednesday, September 1, and becomes the third such site now available in Northwest Georgia. Hours of operation are 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. Monday through Saturday and 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. on Sunday.

  4. Georgia Hospitals on Diversion, Georgians Asked to Reduce Strain on EMS & Emergency Departments

    August 27, 2021 - 

    ATLANTA, GA: To help keep hospital emergency departments open and able to treat medical emergencies, individuals seeking COVID testing should not go to hospital emergency departments. COVID-19 testing locations are available throughout Georgia and can be found on the DPH website at

  5. Free drive-up COVID-19 testing available at Bartow and Catoosa locations

    August 19, 2021 - 

    ROME, GA: The Georgia Department of Public Health has contracted with MAKO Medical to provide free COVID-19 testing at convenient locations around the state. In Northwest Georgia, MAKO Medical will provide free drive-up COVID-19 testing in Bartow County on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Thursday, August 26 and in Catoosa County on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Wednesday, August 25.  

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