• UPDATE: COVID-19 status report

    ATLANTA – Georgia Department of Public Heath (DPH) reported at 7 p.m. Thursday (Apr. 2) 5,444 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 176 deaths and 1,129 have been hospitalized. There were three confirmed cases in White County, seven in Lumpkin County and 11 in Dawson County. No deaths were reported in any of those counties. About 58 […]

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  • Confirmed COVID-19 cases now 3,817

    ATLANTA — The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose sharply during the evening as the Georgia Department of Public Health reported 785 cases since 7 p.m. Monday (March 30). Tuesday’s noon report indicates there are 3,817 confirmed cases. 818 people have been hospitalized and 108 have died from the disease. The number of confirmed […]

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  • Doug Collins statement on CARES Act

    WASHINGTON — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the following statement after the House passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: “In recent weeks, this crisis has devastated our families, our communities, and our entire way of life. Americans are suffering, our health care workers are exhausted, and businesses are struggling. Americans need […]

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  • NGHS urges 14 days isolation

    GAINESVILLE, Ga. – As the number of positive cases of COVID-19 and associated deaths in Georgia continue to climb, Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) physicians and board members – along with city and county officials in multiple jurisdictions – are collectively urging you stay home for at least 14 days to slow the spread of the […]

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  • Dahlonega declares state of emergency

    DAHLONEGA, Ga. –– During a special called meeting at 4 p.m. on March 25, the Dahlonega City Council concluded its state of emergency discussions which began during a special called meeting on Monday. The Council unanimously adopted the emergency declaration which covered a number of areas specific to city operations and not currently addressed as […]

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  • Schools remain closed through April 24

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    ATLANTA — In an effort to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order today, (Mar. 26) that mandates all public elementary and secondary schools remain closed for in-person instruction through April 24. Kemp said Thursday that students may be able to return to school on Monday, April […]

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  • Dahlonega closes City Hall, will consider declaration of state of emergency

    DAHLONEGA, Ga., –– The Dahlonega City Council held an emergency special called meeting today (March 23 at 8:00 a.m.), following the first confirmed Coronavirus diagnosis in Lumpkin County over the weekend. The Council had only two agenda items to discuss—temporarily limiting public access to City Hall and a state of emergency resolution. Prior to a more […]

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  • NGHS issues guide for patients, visitors and employees

    GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Northeast Georgia Health System has issued this press release to guide visitors at each Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) hospital: Each patient and visitor will be screened for COVID-19 as they enter. You can see a complete list of open entrances, updated visitation limitations and other helpful information at www.nghs.com/covid-19. “These simple screening […]

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  • Lumpkin County facilities will close Monday

    LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — The Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners issued the following press release on Saturday (March 21). Lumpkin County Facilities will be closed to the public beginning March 23, 2020. If you need to conduct business with the county, please call our offices or email; you will find this information on our website […]

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  • Lumpkin County reports first case of coronavirus

    LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) reported at 7p.m. today (March. 21) that Lumpkin County has its first confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19). DPH updates its list of confirmed cases of 2019 novel coronavirus at noon and 7 p.m. each day. Today’s 7p.m. update shows the number of confirmed cases […]

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  • Lumpkin Co. Senior Center will close for 2 weeks

    The Lumpkin County Senior Center will be temporarily closed for two weeks beginning Mon. Mar. 16, the Board of Commissioners announced in a press release today. The press release states: “Out of an abundance of caution and because the senior population seems to be one of the groups most susceptible to the COVID-19 virus, the […]

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  • 6 Candidates compete for 9th District State Rep.

    DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. – One of the most important elections that will take place May 19 is the race for 9th District State Representative. The Ninth District includes all of Lumpkin County, the majority of Dawson County and a portion of Forsyth County. Meet the candidates:   STEVE LEIBEL                                                                                                 Steve is a successful attorney, […]

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  • City of Dahlonega addressing special events in light of Coronavirus

    DAHLONEGA, Ga., –– With peak tourism and festival season just around the corner, city officials are closely monitoring COVID-19 (Coronavirus) developments and the expert guidance being offered by a variety of local, state, and federal agencies. “Each new day brings more information,” said Mayor Sam Norton. “We want to make sure we’re protecting public health […]

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  • Lumpkin Co Schools to close for one week

    LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. – Due to public health concerns, guidance from the Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control, Brian Kemp and the Georgia Department of Education Lumpkin County schools will be closed beginning Mon. Mar. 16 for a minimum of one week. The school system will evaluate the current state of public […]

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  • Collins praises SCOTUS MPP decision

    WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, today commended the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to block the Ninth Circuit injunction which would have stopped the Trump Administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) in California and Arizona. MPP allows many individuals to wait in Mexico while their asylum case is processed in immigration […]

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  • BOC issues statement on COVID-19

    Coronavirus Press Release LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — The Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners released this statement on the Coronavirus situation Wednesday (April 11) Community and Employee Services Director Alicia Davis released the following press release Wednesday (April 11). There are no known cases of Coronavirus/COVID-19 in our 13-county health district. Lumpkin County is communicating daily […]

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