UPDATED: 426 cases and a third confirmed death with COVID-19

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UPDATE – July 26, 2020 – 426 cases

As of today, the Department of Public Health has confirmed there have been 426 positive cases, 3 deaths, and 42 hospitalizations

 

UPDATE – July 23, 2020 – 405 cases within the county

According to the Department of Public Health, Gilmer County has totaled 405 cases of COVID-19.

We have had 3 deaths at this point and currently have totaled 38 hospitalizations.

 

UPDATE – July 22, 2020 – 392 cases and a third death

Gilmer County has reported a third fatality today after reaching 392 total confirmed cases. Additionally, 36 people have been hospitalized.

 

UPDATE – July 21, 2020 – 367 cases

Gilmer has reached 367 total cases today with 33 hospitalizations.

 

UPDATE – July 20, 2020 – 347 cases

Gilmer County is at 347 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Two deaths have been confirmed by the Georgia Department of Public Health.

 

UPDATE – July 17, 2020 – 326 cases

Gilmer has moved to 326 total cases with 2 deaths and is currently hosting 26 hospitalizations from COVID-19.

 

UPDATE – July 16, 2020 – 322 cases

A major spike hit Gilmer today with a 60 case leap from yesterday. Total cases in the county are at 322 according tot he Department of Public Health with 27 hospitalizations and two deaths.

 

UPDATE – July 15, 2020 – 262 cases

Today, Gilmer has 262 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 26 hospitalizations.

 

UPDATE – July 13, 2020 – 257 cases

Another jump overnight takes Gilmer to 257 total confirmed cases of COVID-19.

We have also moved up with 26 hospitalizations with two confirmed deaths.

 

UPDATE – July 12, 2020 – 241 cases

Gilmer County is at 241 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 25 hospitalizations. Two deaths have been confirmed by the Georgia Department of Public Health.

 

UPDATE – July 9, 2020 – 216 cases

Gilmer has confirmed 216 cases today, increasing by 14 since yesterday. We are still at 2 deaths and 23 hospitalizations.

 

UPDATE – July 8, 2020 – 202 cases

As of today, the Department of Public Health has confirmed there have been 202 positive cases, 2 deaths, and 23 hospitalizations

 

UPDATE – July 6, 2020 – 196 cases

Gilmer County is at 196 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 23 hospitalization. Two deaths have been confirmed by the Georgia Department of Public Health.

 

UPDATE – June 30, 2020 – 185 cases

Gilmer increases again this week as we move to 185 total cases, still with 23 hospitalizations. Two deaths have been confirmed by the Department of Public Health.

 

UPDATE – June 25, 2020 – 180 Cases

Gilmer is moved to 180 total cases with 2 deaths and is currently hosting 23 hospitalizations from COVID-19.

 

UPDATE – June 3, 2020 – 157 Cases

Gilmer has reached 157 total cases today with 21 hospitalizations.

 

UPDATE – May 25, 2020 – 137 Cases

Gilmer is still finding new cases in the county as the total has reached 137 total while remaining at 19 hospitalizations.

Fetch Your News has chosen to report on cases confirmed by the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) only. These reports may not reflect real-time spread as the laboratories processing COVID-19 tests are reportedly backlogged by several days. Fetch Your News is also reaching out to local sources to confirm positive cases before writing articles on the subject.

 

UPDATE – May 23, 2020 – 134 confirmed cases in Gilmer County

A major bump tonight, Gilmer County has reached 134 cases confirmed, up by eight since yesterday.

While the hospitalizations remain at 19, new reports are coming in daily.

Fetch Your News has chosen to report on cases confirmed by the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) only. These reports may not reflect real-time spread as the laboratories processing COVID-19 tests are reportedly backlogged by several days. Fetch Your News is also reaching out to local sources to confirm positive cases before writing articles on the subject.

 

UPDATE – May 22, 2020 – 126 cases

Another major jump tonight, Gilmer has hit 126 total confirmed cases of COVID-19.

We have also moved up with 19 hospitalizations.

 

UPDATE – May 20, 2020 – 117 confirmed cases

A new hospitalization arises tonight for a total of 16 hospitalized cases alongside the 117 total.

 

UPDATE – May 19, 2020 – 112 cases

Gilmer confirmed another case today, totaling 112 in all with still only 15 hospitalizations according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

 

UPDATE – May 18, 2020 – 111 confirmed cases in Gilmer County

Gilmer County has risen again tonight. Though the increases have started coming with smaller rises and less frequent, the 111 total cases show that the positive tests are still coming in.

However, with still only 15 hospitalizations, the medical need seems to have stalled for the time being at least.

Fetch Your News has chosen to report on cases confirmed by the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) only. These reports may not reflect real-time spread as the laboratories processing COVID-19 tests are reportedly backlogged by several days. Fetch Your News is also reaching out to local sources to confirm positive cases before writing articles on the subject.

 

UPDATE – May 17, 2020 – 109 cases in the county

Gilmer reaches higher with a total 109 cases in the county tonight.

There are still 15 hospitalizations from the virus.

 

UPDATE – May 16, 2020 – 107 Cases confirmed

Gilmer reaches 107 cases today with 15 hospitalizations.

Fetch Your News has chosen to report on cases confirmed by the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) only. These reports may not reflect real-time spread as the laboratories processing COVID-19 tests are reportedly backlogged by several days. Fetch Your News is also reaching out to local sources to confirm positive cases before writing articles on the subject.

 

UPDATE – May 13, 2020 – Cases reach back over a hundred

Gilmer has recrossed the hundred cases mark today with a total of 102 confirmed. After yesterday’s confirmed death, the hospitalizations remain at 15 total.

Continuing in the face of the tragedy, officials are still working towards detection and prevention with the inclusion of all Georgians to be tested upon request, regardless of symptoms. Programs like this and continued quarantining and social distancing are helping to slow the virus, officials say. Even amid the re-opening by Kemp, many are continuing with regulations and restrictions today.

Fetch Your News has chosen to report on cases confirmed by the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) only. These reports may not reflect real-time spread as the laboratories processing COVID-19 tests are reportedly backlogged by several days. Fetch Your News is also reaching out to local sources to confirm positive cases before writing articles on the subject.

 

UPDATE – May 12, 2020 – Officials confirm first death

According to the Department of Public Health of Georgia, Gilmer has officially confirmed its first death of a patient who tested positive for COVID-19.

This death is confirmed, putting Gilmer back at 99 total cases currently, but the information only confirms that a patient testing positive has died.

Reports indicate all patient deaths with positive tests, no reports state whether these cases also had other health issues, diseases, or complicating factors.

Fetch Your News has chosen to report on cases confirmed by the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) only. These reports may not reflect real-time spread as the laboratories processing COVID-19 tests are reportedly backlogged by several days. Fetch Your News is also reaching out to local sources to confirm positive cases before writing articles on the subject.

 

UPDATE – May 12, 2020 – 100 cases

Gilmer cases of confirmed COVID-19 have officially reached 100.

Also increasing, we have gotten a new hospitalization putting the county at 15.

 

UPDATE – May 11, 2020 – Ninety-Eight cases in Gilmer

Another case was confirmed today, bringin the total to 98.

Just short of a hundred cases, Gilmer still only has 14 hospitalizations.

Fetch Your News has chosen to report on cases confirmed by the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) only. These reports may not reflect real-time spread as the laboratories processing COVID-19 tests are reportedly backlogged by several days. Fetch Your News is also reaching out to local sources to confirm positive cases before writing articles on the subject.

 

UPDATE – May 10, 2020 – Ninety-Seven confirmed cases in Gilmer

Gilmer rises again tonight, ending the weekend with 97 total cases.

Hospitalizations remain at 14.

 

UPDATE – May 9, 2020 – Ninety-Five confirmed cases

Four more cases have arisen today, bringing Gilmer County to a total of 95 cases.

With hospitalization remaining at 14 and 0 deaths, Gilmer is reaching closer to a full two months since the outbreak mid-March.

Fetch Your News has chosen to report on cases confirmed by the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) only. These reports may not reflect real-time spread as the laboratories processing COVID-19 tests are reportedly backlogged by several days. Fetch Your News is also reaching out to local sources to confirm positive cases before writing articles on the subject.

 

UPDATE – May 9, 2020 – Ninety-One cases

Gilmer has hit 91 cases today. Gilmer continues to maintain its hospitalizations at 14.

 

UPDATE – May 7, 2020 – Eighty-Nine Cases in Gilmer County

Gilmer draws higher and higher in cases as it rises again tonight. A total of 89 cases have been confirmed.

Hospitalizations have risen as well as they now sit at 14.

 

UPDATE – May 6, 2020 – Eighty-Three confirmed cases within the county

Gilmer continues its steady rise, reaching 83 total cases today.

Hospitalizations still continue to remain at 13 cases, but increasing numbers still have citizens concerned.

Fetch Your News has chosen to report on cases confirmed by the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) only. These reports may not reflect real-time spread as the laboratories processing COVID-19 tests are reportedly backlogged by several days. Fetch Your News is also reaching out to local sources to confirm positive cases before writing articles on the subject.

 

UPDATE – May 5, 2020 – Seventy-Eight Cases

Gilmer has risen another case in the county today. Tuesday makes 78 cases total for Gilmer.

Hospitalizations are still at 13 cases.

 

UPDATE – May 4, 2020 – Seventy-Seven cases  confirmed in Gilmer

After a couple days without change, Gilmer County saw another rise in confirmed cases of the Coronavirus to 77 total cases.

With hospitalizations still at 13, some are still pushing forward with reopening businesses amid the increases case numbers.

Fetch Your News has chosen to report on cases confirmed by the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) only. These reports may not reflect real-time spread as the laboratories processing COVID-19 tests are reportedly backlogged by several days. Fetch Your News is also reaching out to local sources to confirm positive cases before writing articles on the subject.

 

UPDATE – May 2, 2020 – Seventy-Three cases

Gilmer rises again today with 73 total confirmed cases within the county.

Hospitalizations remain at 13.

 

UPDATE – May 1, 2020 – Sixty-Nine Confirmed cases

Another rise in confirmed cases sees Gilmer reach 69 cases today.

Hospitalizations currently remain at 13 people.

 

UPDATE – April 30, 2020 – Sixty- Seven Confirmed cases

A minor rise overnight has seen three new cases as Gilmer reaches 67 total cases.

Fetch Your News has chosen to report on cases confirmed by the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) only. These reports may not reflect real-time spread as the laboratories processing COVID-19 tests are reportedly backlogged by several days. Fetch Your News is also reaching out to local sources to confirm positive cases before writing articles on the subject.

 

UPDATE – April 29, 2020 – Sixty-Four Confirmed COVID-19 cases

Another major bump put Gilmer into the sixties with a total of 64 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus within the county.

Another hospitalization has come as well with 13 total now.

 

UPDATE – April 28, 2020 – Fifty-Seven Cases confirmed in the county

A smaller increase comes today as opposed to what Gilmer has gotten used to this week. Only a few new cases puts Gilmer at 57 confirmed cases.

The Georgia Department of Public Health has continued updating their reports  and now has also confirmed that their are 12 hospitalizations from Gilmer due to the virus.

 

UPDATE – April 27, 2020 – Fifty-Four Cases in Gilmer County

The DPH has released a new report identifying 54 cases of COVID-19 in Gilmer County.

Another major jump from this mornings report, Gilmer’s cases have been running rampant for over a week now.

 

UPDATE – April 27, 2020 – Forty-Seven Cases in Gilmer

A new case confirmed by the DPH brings Gilmer to 47 confirmed cases as it begins the last week of April.

I was a harsh weekend as Gilmer officially hit double the cases in Fannin and Pickens, its neighboring counties on the Highway 515 corridor. With more cases continuing to rise here specifically, it is still unclear how progression will continue with some businesses opening again to test the waters of a allegedly “post-curve” pandemic.

 

UPDATE -April 26, 2020 – Forty-Six cases confirmed in Gilmer

Another massive jump in cases has hit Gilmer County, bringing the total up to 46 cases.

The largest jump yet for the County, the 10 cases increase came in just 17 hours since yesterday’s 7 p.m. report.

Fetch Your News has chosen to report on cases confirmed by the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) only. These reports may not reflect real-time spread as the laboratories processing COVID-19 tests are reportedly backlogged by several days. Fetch Your News is also reaching out to local sources to confirm positive cases before writing articles on the subject.

 

UPDATE – April 25, 2020 – Thirty-Six cases in Gilmer

A new high as Gilmer is soaring past neighboring counties, it has reached 36 total cases confirmed by the Department of Health.

With rising concerns of the state reopening some businesses, many are still staying closed in Gilmer as certain salons and barbers are ignoring the Governor and keeping their doors shut amidst the rising activity.

Fetch Your News has chosen to report on cases confirmed by the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) only. These reports may not reflect real-time spread as the laboratories processing COVID-19 tests are reportedly backlogged by several days. Fetch Your News is also reaching out to local sources to confirm positive cases before writing articles on the subject.

 

UPDATE – April 24, 2020 – Thrity-One cases confirmed in Gilmer

Another update tonight has put Gilmer all the way up to 31 total cases. Moving far ahead of neighboring Fannin at 21 and Pickens at 20.

Fetch Your News has chosen to report on cases confirmed by the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) only. These reports may not reflect real-time spread as the laboratories processing COVID-19 tests are reportedly backlogged by several days. Fetch Your News is also reaching out to local sources to confirm positive cases before writing articles on the subject.

 

UPDATE – April 23, 2020 – Twenty-Eight cases in Gilmer

Another jump tonight has taken Gilmer from 25 to its current 28 total cases confirmed in the county.

Today has officially pushed Gilmer past both Pickens, at 19, and Fannin, at 20, in confirmed cases.

 

UPDATE – April 23, 2020 – Twenty-Five cases confirmed in Gilmer County

A rough week with several increases sees another jump today. In fact, it is the first time during this outbreak the Gilmer County has jumped by 5 cases overnight.

Gilmer County, according to the DPH reports, has hit 25 confirmed cases as of the noon report today. Such rapid increases are coming only days before Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is planning to ease shutdown measures and begin reopening businesses.

Fetch Your News has chosen to report on cases confirmed by the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) only. These reports may not reflect real-time spread as the laboratories processing COVID-19 tests are reportedly backlogged by several days. Fetch Your News is also reaching out to local sources to confirm positive cases before writing articles on the subject.

 

UPDATE – April 22, 2020 – Twenty cases in Gilmer

Counties across Georgia are continuing to rise each day with new reported cases of COVID-19. The inclusion of new testing sites could further bring up the case number  more in line with the real count. For now, Gilmer sits at 20 confirmed cases tonight.

Sharing this increase to 20 with Fannin County to the north, Gilmer has risen rapidly in its worst week since the virus began.

 

UPDATE – April 21, 2020 – Nineteen Confirmed Cases in Gilmer

New cases are continuing to arise. This week has seen faster numbers coming in as Gilmer is now at 19 total cases.

Fetch Your News has chosen to report on cases confirmed by the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) only. These reports may not reflect real-time spread as the laboratories processing COVID-19 tests are reportedly backlogged by several days. Fetch Your News is also reaching out to local sources to confirm positive cases before writing articles on the subject.

 

UPDATE – April 21, 2020 – Eighteen Cases in Gilmer

Today saw a larger jump than Gilmer has become used to over the weeks. Three new cases have been reported in the county according to the Department of Public Health.

This matches Gilmer to its southern neighbor, Pickens County, with 18 total cases. Northern neighbor, Fannin has 19 cases. However, both neighbors now have at least one death reported while Gilmer still has none.

 

UPDATE – April 20, 2020 – Fifteen Cases Confirmed in Gilmer

Increasing by three in one day, including this morning’s update, Gilmer has reached 15 cases today, April 20.

For the first time since the start of the virus Gilmer has seen two increases in one day with this night report from the DPH of Georgia.

 

UPDATE – April 20, 2020 – Fourteen Cases Confirmed in Gilmer

Another two case jump today as Georgia’s Department of Public Health issued their report with Gilmer County at a total of 14 cases.

This puts Gilmer closer to and more in line with neighboring Fannin, with 16 cases, and Pickens, with 18 cases.

 

UPDATE – April 19, 2020 – Twelve Cases confirmed in Gilmer

Another case has been reported in Gilmer County, bringing the total count to 12 cases.

Later Sunday night, DPH reports indicated a new case in Gilmer County.

Fetch Your News has chosen to report on cases confirmed by the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) only. These reports may not reflect real-time spread as the laboratories processing COVID-19 tests are reportedly backlogged by several days. Fetch Your News is also reaching out to local sources to confirm positive cases before writing articles on the subject.

 

UPDATE – April 18, 2020 – Eleven Cases Confirmed

According to DPH reports, Gilmer has reached 11 confirmed cases tonight.

Although the day began without change, the 7 p.m. update is when the total stepped up by one more case.

 

UPDATE – April 17, 2020 – Ten cases confirmed in Gilmer County

casesToday marks a milestone as Gilmer’s cases has officially reached double digits with a total of 10 cases in the county.

Thankfully, despite reaching ten cases, Gilmer still takes solace that we have not had a death from the virus yet. Climbing higher in numbers, Georgia only has twelve counties left with less than five cases and still has two counties with no cases according to the Department of Public Health.

 

UPDATE – April 16, 2020 – Gilmer Reaches Eight total cases

Reaching just past the midpoint of April, Gilmer has confirmed another case in the county, reaching a total of eight cases.

Just on the heels of announcements of expanded testing collection sites and one opening in Ellijay, Gilmer’s Public Safety Director, Keith Kucera, said, “The actual testing takes about 10 minutes and results will be available in 24-48 hours. Specific instructions will be given for post tested people to follow until their test results are available.” This could see numbers continue to increase in days to come as testing becomes more widely available and quicker results come in.

 

UPDATE – April 12, 2020 – Seven Cases in Gilmer on Easter

As people attend church digitally this Easter Sunday, the DPH have released their noon report on county cases.

Gilmer rose another one to a total of 7 cases today. But with only two counties left in Georgia without a case and predictions that we are still on the early side of the “curve.” Experts say that precautions are needed even more as we continue to face this threat.

 

UPDATE – April 10, 2020 – Six Cases confirmed in Gilmer

GILMER COUNTY, Ga. – Today saw a skip in cases for Gilmer as two more were confirmed by the Department of Health’s 7:00 p.m. report.

According to the report, a total of six cases have been identified in Gilmer now, with no reported deaths. As the DPH continues contact tracing and the both the county and state urge the social distancing and stay at home plans, isolation and treatment for these cases continue in hopes of recovery.

Fetch Your News has chosen to report on cases confirmed by the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) only. These reports may not reflect real-time spread as the laboratories processing COVID-19 tests are reportedly backlogged by several days. Fetch Your News is also reaching out to local sources to confirm positive cases before writing articles on the subject.

 

UPDATE – April 8, 2020 – Fourth Case in Gilmer Confirmed

GILMER COUNTY, Ga. – With three new cases in as many days, this fourth  case in Gilmer has citizens’ concerns on the rise.

However, experts, doctors, and even the President said they expected this week to be much worse.

 

UPDATE – April 7, 2020 – Third Case in Gilmer Confirmed

GILMER COUNTY, Ga – Less than 24-hours after confirmation came in about a second case, Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) reported Gilmer’s third COVID-19 case.

No additional details are known about the cases at this time.

The news comes on the same day that the Georgia National Guard has chosen to clean and sanitize the nursing home. The National Guard is assisting long-term care facilities across the state in order to ensure the safety of the state’s elderly and high-risk patients.

UPDATE – April 6, 2020 – Second Case in Gilmer confirmed

GILMER COUNTY, Ga. – As Georgia as reach a saturation point where only five counties in the state remain without a confirmed case, according to the Department of Public Health, Gilmer has reported a second case in the county.

Authorities are continuing services in the county and plans to sanitize and clean facilities have grown to include the National Guard in the coming days. However, Gilmer did not have a reported case until March 30, and only now, on April 6, has had a second case. Experts are continuing to speculate and expect more cases in the state to come before the numbers begin decreasing.

According to the DPH, Gilmer still has not reported any deaths from complications or involvement of COVID-19 at this time.

 

UPDATE – March 31, 2020 – Gilmer Fire and Rescue responds

Gilmer Fire Chief Daniel Kauffman offered a few words to address the new confirmed case and the county’s already-in-use plans for virus response saying:

Gilmer County Fire Rescue is actively taking every precaution to help prevent the contraction and spread of COVID-19 virus. The department is currently following the CDC recommendations on the use of personal protective equipment in regards to patient contact. We are also working with the Metro- Atlanta Hospital Coalition to put into place best practices regarding the care and treatment of potential COVID-19 patients. The daily operations of our department and our crews will continue to change as updates come forth from local, state, and federal leaders. Currently, the department has closed down the fire stations to both the public and family visitors. We have stopped all organized training where multiple stations would gather in groups. Our current fire and EMS training platforms are being conducted via a web-based training programs and completed on an individual basis. Our senior staff continue to meet in small groups to stay abreast of changing conditions, while observing social distancing as recommended by the CDC. As we make our way through these unchartered waters, Gilmer County Fire Rescue will continue to meet every 911 call with the urgency it deserves and delivering first class care and compassion to our community.

Original Story – March 30, 2020

GILMER COUNTY, Ga. – With daily reports updating from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), today marks the first officially recorded confirmed case appearing in Gilmer County.

Confirmed CaseWhile rumors and presumptions have circled over the last week, Georgia DPG released there report at noon today, March 30, 2020,with one confirmed case in the county.

It has taken Gilmer County nearly a month for a confirmed case as reports began coming in at the beginning of March. The DPH now reports that 2809 cases have been reported in Georgia total with 707 hospitalized as of today.

Gilmer has been a metaphorical island on the 515 corridor after Fannin reported a case on March 24, and Pickens as early as March 20.

Practices and shelter-in-place orders have already been in place for Gilmer, Ellijay, and East Ellijay since last week.

According to their Public Information Officer,  Gilmer County Department of Public Safety said, “The EMA has worked for the previous 2 – 3 weeks as if we already had cases here in the county. We have been, and will remain vigilant and thorough with our responsibilities to the citizens of Gilmer County. We are successfully protecting our patients, our First Responders, and our County employees with every means possible with the PPE we have on hand. We will continue to monitor the virus’s progress here and in surrounding counties, and make any necessary adjustments in public safety protocol as the situation warrants.

49 Comments

  1. Barry knodel March 30, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    Because the trash from Atlanta won’t stay away and our Mayer don’t care about us

    • Bill March 30, 2020 at 12:47 pm

      Barry not nice talking that way about your fellow Americans.

      • David Mullinax March 30, 2020 at 3:51 pm

        Everyone it seems from area counties and different state license plates including hot spot New York have been flooding the East Ellijay Lowe’s and Walmart like it’s a home improvement vacation for them. They have been bringing in there children by the numbers. They don’t seem to care about you or anyone else when it comes to social distancing. One customer asked me why am I standing so far from him, are you kidding me? A cashier today was intentionally coughed on while disinfecting the counter ! Something has to be done here in Ellijay, Georgia #STAYHOME

        • Sundra March 31, 2020 at 11:15 am

          What’s up with things out-of-state people allowed to come in here? Just people from all over the different states are just coming into Gilmer County it should not be allowed we don’t want that virus here

      • Diana April 3, 2020 at 9:40 pm

        Y’all when people from Atlanta and everywhere else kept coming here till I finally succeeded in getting what they wanted done why didn’t somebody do something to stop them before all this happened the Gilmer County we were clean here so sad

    • Norma Lowery March 30, 2020 at 1:56 pm

      There should be a mandatory ack in place to keep people in there own towns. It Probley came from some one that came to our mt. To get out of the big city. I think there should be national guards patrolling each count line. People you better wake up and take head this is serious . Stay home in your own country’s. Stop going places and God I pray for the ones who have it are get it. I really think God is trying to show us something. And if you love you neighbor please stay home. Amen.

      • Glenda Davis March 30, 2020 at 5:29 pm

        Something needs to be done even if it’s mandatory to stay home except groceries med or emergency and keep non residents from coming in they are not allowing those out of Town in Hamilton North Carolina fla and several other towns we can’t even go to church or walk at the park but they can come in and tear the barrels down and go into the park like they own it you can’t even get into Walmart to buy what you need it’s so full of people we try to stay home,safe while out of town people just take over now it will spread like wildfire SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE

      • Willie March 31, 2020 at 9:00 am

        Or maybe it was someone from Gilmer, who did not stay at home, went to Atlanta and brought it back?

    • Rhonda B March 30, 2020 at 3:05 pm

      WhT about those who leave Gilmer to work in Fulton, Cobb, Bartow etc?

    • Jen March 31, 2020 at 12:00 am

      Barry, learn how to spell before trying to insult people…or maybe just don’t say anything.

    • Barbie Silvers March 31, 2020 at 7:30 am

      Most of the drugs come from Atlanta and surrounding state’s. Of course no one realizes that they could be contaminated. People should just stay put and get off drugs. Your health is more important.

      • Sue April 12, 2020 at 8:49 am

        Barbie, The drug dealers in the city have quite enough customers to keep them busy. They aren’t hitting the roads to find new markets. As long as there is a demand for drugs home grown dealers will supply them. There were dealers there when i was in high school 35 years ago and there are dealers there still today. I left to get away from all of the Meth back then….turns out it was down here too. I swear if you dropped an addict in the middle of the ocean they would end up on a boat with a drug dealer…Do not think keeping your children away from one are will protect them.

    • Jeff March 31, 2020 at 12:16 pm

      Sounds like the trash was already living here.

    • Katrena jackson March 31, 2020 at 12:26 pm

      While u r home get out ur dictionary and learn the corrrect way to spell Mayor. As a homeowner in Gilmer who lives in Atlanta I contribute to ur taxes and community economy. I also practice social distancing so I’m not going to infect u guys

  2. Jennifer March 30, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    It was just a matter of time. There are probably many more unreported or untested cases.

  3. Robert March 30, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Here we go Barry!

    • Peggy Cantrell March 30, 2020 at 3:04 pm

      Yes people should stay at home and I mean in there HOME!!!

  4. Dana March 30, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    Can we get a name?

    • Pam March 30, 2020 at 1:48 pm

      Why do you need a name? HIPPA laws…. I would like to know how they are doing though.

      • Elizabeth March 30, 2020 at 3:33 pm

        I pray this person will be ok and recover fully! Signs of the times. People need to wake up and choose who they will follow…God or satan! I don’t want to here Him say, Drpart from me for I never Knew you. There is a big difference in knowing and being prepared…Look at the parable of the 10 virgins.

    • Daniel March 30, 2020 at 1:57 pm

      unlikely due to privacy concerns, it’s a medical condition and it’s illegal for doctors to release information about patients, but it might help stop the spread if people where made aware of where this person traveled around town and at what times of day before they where diagnosed so we could know if we where potentially exposed to the patient.

    • Victoria Blackwell March 30, 2020 at 3:16 pm

      This comment is for most of these posts. First people who live in Atlanta are not trash. Second if there is a confirmed case of the virus people need to remember every person you come in contact with from your neighbor down the street to the place where you get gas is a potential carrier because everyone they are exposed to you are exposed to. Third does it matter what the person’s name is

  5. Janet March 30, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    All of the cars that are constantly in the Walmart parking lot are proof that people ste not staying at home. I saw the Walmart lot was near full as I went to CVS drive through window to pick up a prescription, 2 days ago.

    • Daniel March 30, 2020 at 1:55 pm

      Yeah because people NEED SUPPLIES because a bunch of asshats panic bought EVERYTHING and left nothing for those that actually need things and so you have to go in everyday hoping you get lucky and they have what you need.

      • Angie March 30, 2020 at 9:43 pm

        I believe all this people coming from big cities are bringing it to our little counties, I work at Carter’s lake and would not believe the people are there from other counties it is scary l try to keep my hands in gloves when I pull the garbage and cleaning the bathrooms , please yall stay at home are close every thing down

  6. Kristen March 30, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    We should all just pray we don’t get it. Pray for God to spare us. There’s a woman that started a prayer chain that’s asking people to take a red ribbon and pray over it and tie it around your doorknob to represent the prayer you asked of the Lord to keep your family and friends safe during this time.

  7. Randall Key March 30, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    How are they? Do they need anything ? Tell them Gilmer county people love them and are willing to help.

  8. lisa west March 30, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    I think there name should be released so if anyone has been in contact with that person or person’s know to stay away from there own family members and everyone else.

  9. Rhonda B March 30, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    What if they work in Fulton, Cobb , Bartow or Fannin?

  10. Peggy Cantrell March 30, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    You can not out run this virus the only thing you are doing is giving it to everyone you come it contact with. Stay out of our little town. Stay out of our stores. For GOD sake think of everyone around you instead of just your self.

  11. Danette Lambert March 30, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    Thank to our little town ,, one of our local buisiness offered short term disability to my very pregnant daughter in law. Let’s focus on what we can do to help each other. Solutions to better take care of ourselves. Kids don’t understand delve distancing. Why aren’t they doing school on the internet? Anyone for that idea? No nasty comments please..

  12. James H. Durden March 30, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    I am sure the DPH, CDC, and/or the local health authorities, will contact those people with whom the individual came in contact. However, It would be nice to know where this individual patronized in Gilmer County and to ensure all the places are properly sanitized. We all have to remember, if it was a person who fled a highly infected area, they are human and were only trying to protect themselves or their family. In their position, I cannot say I would not have done the same. However, I do feel they should have self quarantined themselves for the required time, before venturing out. Also, the person who has tested positive may have gotten the virus from some other person who lives here or just passing thru, who does not know they are infected. Additionally, how do we know it was not a local person, who lives here permanently? There are many ways in which this virus can travel and/or be transmitted. such as, shipments from any area of our country, products received in stores and put on shelves for consumers, ad infinitum. Maybe all stores that are allowed to continue to be allowed to remain open to the public should be required to sanitize their stores daily. Having said all this, I pray for the person who tested positive, his family and all the citizens of our great nation.Stop all the hatred, protect your family as best you can and pray to God He intervenes and stops this pandemic. May God Bless us all.

  13. Stephanie March 30, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    I am praying for those that are infected with this horrible virus But, please, shelter at home means shelter in your own home!

  14. Ricky March 30, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    We need to wake up our mayor to shut our county down, all this people is from Atlanta bringing it

  15. Susan March 30, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Even if everyone is staying home other than going to work or grocery store. The county needs to STOP all these people from coming up here from every place in the world!!!! We can’t even buy groceries for the idiots coming in an buying everything up n hoarding it. Think if your Mom or Dad or elders per say, needed something. They would have to do without because of the greedy people coming from other counties.
    PEOPLE GO HOME. WE DONT NEED YOU HERE N DONT WANT YOU HERE. WERE SUPPOSED TO BE STAYING IN N HERE ALL THE OUT OF TOWNERS COME!!!! SERIOUSLY PEOPLE!!!! GO HOME N STAY HOME N SAFE. THINK OF SOMEONE OTHER THAN YOUR ONSELF. LORD HELP US ALL!!!!

    • Daniel April 7, 2020 at 1:16 pm

      THEY CAN’T, it’s ILLEGAL to prevent American Citizens from crossing state and county borders within the US. I know you are scared, but don’t turn xenophobic about your fellow citizens.

  16. Scott March 30, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    Which hospital did the patient go to for treatment?

  17. Sandy March 30, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    It doesn’t matter who the person is (Against the privacy law to be given out without permission of the person) or where they have bee. Everyone is supposed to be protecting themselves and others by following the guidelines we have been given. We need to act as though everyone has it. If you are following the guidelines, you are protecting yourself on the best way you can. If you are not, there is not much you can do at this point. We should all be watching for signs and symptoms in our selves and family.This thing is serious business! We have most likely ALL been exposed to it from someone somewhere IF we are not following the guidelines. And there have most likely been cases undiagnosed or carrying that we will not know we have been exposed to.

  18. Alley March 31, 2020 at 3:26 am

    When the ppl were kicked off the beaches and came here to rent these cabins they brought it with them..many times on fb book I have posted..stay home..you ppl are told and you didnt have enough human decency to care about your fellow Americans ..didnt care if you took someone’s child from them..you couldn’t stay at home and get to know your child..or read the bible ..finish a project, or start a hobby.. No your only concern was yourself ..thank god we have the stay at home order..but I still see flordia tags here and our streets are flooded with ppl..we need something like the national guard inforcing ppl who dont have a reason to be out to get theirselves home ! Bill’s can be paid online groceries stores do pick up..you can order just about anything threw the mail..even Pharmacies are offering home delivery..what’s your excuse ppl..I dont want this virus..so stay away..!!!!god protect your children!

  19. George Shaffer March 31, 2020 at 10:02 am

    I doubt seriously if ANY Government agency is going to spend time trying to track contacts of the unfortunate infected person….. HOWEVER a very good practice would be to POST PUBLICLY the establishments that the patient may have visited within the last WEEK or so .. ( Or other time frame if the Medical Community knows how long the virus can last on surfaces now.) Re;easing the persons name would only insight more IGNORANCE, and that won’t help anyone.

  20. Thelma Thomas March 31, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    While you are at it, learn the difference between “there” which is a place,. and “their” which is a person or group of people

  21. RONNY April 2, 2020 at 11:53 am

    PRAYING FOR ALL

  22. Eric April 8, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    This virus has been here awhile, people has had it and didn’t even know they had it. Anybody here could have spread it, We need to be concerned now on how to slow it down, so please just stay home unless you absolutely have to go somewhere.

  23. Jill April 8, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Nice to know what you folks think of us from Metro Atlanta…First off grew up that way 30 years ago. The drugs didn’t come from Atlanta then and they don’t now. You have your own local home grown drug dealers. Most of the dealers in Atlanta have enough demand for their product here that they don’t need to waste the gas coming up there. They will sell to your local dealers if they make the trip. Second.

    You have probably had Covid up there for at least two weeks before the first case was tracked. This is an awful disease that we human have no immunity from. The mortality rate overall is low BUT it can spread with no symptoms showing. For every confirmed case there are about 4 more that go undetected and unreported. I had a friend tell me they were still having services at her church because her Pastor couldn’t preach to a video camera…I really want to know how he does preaching to a coffin. If they keep having services it is just a matter of time before someone is exposed and in turn exposes everyone else int he church.

    We may be drug addicted heathens down here int eh big city but we are taking our church services online and having our groceries delivered because we don’t want our friends and family to get ill. I am sorry some folks are coming to their vacation cabins to ride out the storm in your town. Hopefully they will see these posts and sell those homes and find somewhere that will welcome them in good times and bad. I have personally shared the comments here will all my friends, family and business associates so that they know we are “horrible big city folk” are not welcome in your area and we should take our disposable income somewhere else.

    Best of luck to you please stay safe during this horrible pandemic. Love and take care of your families, neighbors and friends.

    • Jody M Sales April 10, 2020 at 10:31 pm

      Jill please don’t judge all of us for what some say. It makes you no better than those of us that do that. I apologize for those and am very sorry. Ignorance at its best, I’m for sure.

      • AC April 19, 2020 at 10:16 pm

        To: JILL

        I normally do not respond to comments left on a post but I feel like saying something about what you had posted. I do not know what church your friend goes to but it makes my heart happy that her Pastor is still having church service. My bible tells me to trust in the Lord. I pray several times during the day about a lot of things. I believe if someone does go to church during this time to worship God and they are in church for the right reason, then God will protect them. I do not know your heart or where you stand with the Lord. If you attend church service’s online then you too should not worry about getting your family and friends sick. That should be one of the many prayers you pray everyday. I was born and raised in Gilmer Co. I attend a country Baptist church. We do not have the ability to have online services. A lot of our members do not even have a smart phone or a computer. That does not stop us from being a Christian. As far as getting our groceries delivered we do not offer that service in Gilmer Co.
        Below is what you had posted:
        “I had a friend tell me they were still having services at her church because her Pastor couldn’t preach to a video camera…I really want to know how he does preaching to a coffin. If they keep having services it is just a matter of time before someone is exposed and in turn exposes everyone else int he church”.
        “We may be drug addicted heathens down here int eh big city but we are taking our church services online and having our groceries delivered because we don’t want our friends and family to get ill”.

        • Jody M Sales April 25, 2020 at 6:50 pm

          My bible say same as your (a.c.) But how ever I feel that you missed some: Proverbs 18:2-32 Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes reproach. That tell me personally those without understanding that a virus serves no god and attack in a house of worship with disregard to human life,that it might be best to skip the ol’service and pray at home God can and is there if you want him to be.

  24. Jody M Sales April 9, 2020 at 12:00 am

    So since we don’t have a real hospital and they are people that I know of who are nurses and healthcare workers that like good pay that live here in Ellijay that travel from here to Jasper to Canton even to Atlanta for work could of not brought the sickness back home with them? Could doctors and thier asst. that come up here for the patients that can’t travel for visit not have done the same. As of anyone else that comes and goes for work law officers,firemen public servants could of brought it. And most likely would of been more ad a carrier that people wanting to get out to protect their family’s. It’s not a time to point fingers its a time to do what you can do for others without putting your own self in dangers. Just stop pointing a finger. This happen deal with it do what’s right and move on.

  25. Peggy April 20, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    It is a fact we can not stop this virus, it is a fact we can not stop outsiders from coming to our little town!! But with GOD’S grace we can protect our self’s. you should be watching the news they are telling us what to do to protect our self’s, we should act like everyone we come in contact with has this virus, wear your mask, gloves and so on. We can not change what other people do we can only take care of our self and our families.

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