The Georgia Department of Public Health has reported that there were a total of 287 confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide as of noon Thursday. Ten of those people have lost their lives due to the coronavirus. The DPH’s COVID-19 daily status report may be viewed online at www.dph.georgia.gov. This is updated every day at noon to provide regular and accurate information to the public.

There were a total of 38 confirmed cases reported across Northwest Georgia. Six of those were in Floyd County.

One Floyd County woman has died from complications due to coronavirus, 65-year-old Elizabeth Eugenia Wells.

Hospital and healthcare leaders in Northwest Georgia are working together to respond to the increasing presence of COVID-19. Following guidelines from both the US Surgeon General and the American College of Surgeons, Advent Health, Cartersville Medical Center, Floyd Health System, Harbin Clinic and Redmond Regional Medical Center have started the process of rescheduling non-essential surgeries and procedures. Essential and emergency procedures and services will continue uninterrupted, according to a media release issued by the Harbin Clinic.

Floyd County Schools will now remain closed through spring break, which is slated to end on April 10th, according to an FCS media release. Teachers will make contact with students so as to continue their instructional activities until April 3rd. No assignments will be given during the week of spring break. As the school system gets additional information from state and local officials, a reassessment and determination will be made as to whether additional time is needed.