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March 27 — According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, McDuffie County now has one confirmed case of COVID-19. In a statement this afternoon, McDuffie County officials reported that person was tested at a clinic in Grovetown and has been in voluntary self quarantine since taking the test.

Attorney General Chris Carr is imploring Georgia businesses and consumers to refrain from hoarding masks and other personal protective equipment that are urgently needed in hospitals. This equipment is critical to protecting front-line health care workers as they treat those who are or may h…

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Today, Friday afternoon, the representatives of the McDuffie County Board of Commissioners, the Thomson City Council and the Dearing Town Council met by teleconference and a implemented a set of COVID-19 Rules and Recommendations uniformly across the county and both communities. The rules ar…

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Bob Kepshire, Administrator and Chief Nursing Officer at University Hospital McDuffie, informed the Progress Thursday via email that no patient visitation will be allowed, except in three specific circumstances effective at 5 a.m. Friday, March 27.

Today Governor Brian P. Kemp issued Executive Order 03.26.20.02 closing public elementary and secondary schools for in-person instruction through April 24, 2020. Students may return to school on Monday, April 27, 2020.

The Georgia Department of Public Health today, at noon, announced that there are now 1,525 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, with 473 patients hospitalized, and there have now been 48 deaths as a result.

The McDuffie Progress staff is encouraging our community to support local businesses. Many have had to alter their business hours or change how they serve customers. Over a four week period we will be publishing a special page for these businesses to share their messages with you. So, please…

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Scammers are seeking to exploit the evolving COVID-19 public health crisis by targeting populations most at risk of severe illness, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia is urging the public to report suspected fraud schemes by calling the Nation…

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Promoters Adams Bluegrass, LLC, has announced that the 8th Annual Little Roy & Lizzy Music Festival has been cancelled. It was scheduled for April 30 through May 2. At Elijah Clark State Park. Next year’s festival will be April 29 through May 1, 2021.

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The McDuffie County Board of Commissioners, Thomson and Dearng City Councils met for a virtual special called meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, via Zoom, a conference call website.

This is the Joint Resolution of the Board of Commissioners of McDuffie County, Town of Dearing, and City of Thomson, Georgia, Emergency Order for Public Health Control Measures which was approved by all three governing bodies late Tuesday.

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A Thomson doctor has been named to the Primary Care Provider Committee, one of the four committees on Gov. Brian P. Kemp’s Coronavirus Task Force.

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In a press conference Monday evening, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp ordered the state’s vulnerable population, those over the age of 65 and those with pre-existing health conditions, to stay at home to protect them from contracting the coronavirus. Kemp also mandated that bars and nightclubs close…

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The Georgia Department of Public Health today, at noon, announced that there are now 1.026 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state and there have now been 32 deaths as a result.