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Volunteer for COVID-19 Vaccination Response

Press Release from

North Georgia Health District 1-2

Georgia Department of Public Health

Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is receiving offers from medical professionals and other individuals looking for ways to help with the COVID-19 vaccination response. An effective response relies on volunteers who are pre-credentialed and organized. Georgia Responds is Georgia’s health and medical volunteer program which matches the skills and credentials of medical and nonmedical volunteers to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Georgia.

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Dragons second place in region


     Owen Moss, pictured, helped the Dragons beat Cedartown 54-41 in a region matchup. Tucker Lowe put up 19 points in the game and Luke Rogers had his best game of the season, scoring 15 points on the night. 


The Dragons basketball team had a full schedule last week as they took on two region opponents before hosting a non-region game on Saturday. 

In the first game of the week, the Dragons traveled to Southeast Whitfield to take on the Raiders. The Dragons fell behind early, as they were outscored 15-13 in the first quarter. The second quarter saw both teams match shot for shot, with both teams putting up 16 points. The Dragons went to the half trailing by a basket. 

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Distance learning will continue through next week


Press Release Pickens County School District


     Monday, January 18, 2021, is a holiday for students and staff in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, students enrolled in traditional school will continue distance learning using the itsLearning platform and students enrolled in Pickens Virtual Academy will continue working on Pearson Connexus.We will announce school plans for the week of January 25, 2021, no later than next Thursday, January 21, 2021.

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Per capita income here remains highest in region, with incomes rising nearly 2%


      Recently released data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) shows that Pickens County again has the highest per capita yearly income in our 15-county northwest Georgia region at $48,493.

Pickens per capita income rose 1.93 percent from $47,572 in 2018 to $48,493 in 2019, according to the latest figures. That is $257 above the state of Georgia’s per capita personal income of $48,236 for 2019.

Per capita personal income is total income of all individuals divided by the population. Despite being just the 10th most populated county in our northwest region with 32,591 residents, Pickens’ income ranked the highest.

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DPH Launches COVID Vaccine locator ahead of phase 1A+of vaccine administration

  Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is launching a COVID vaccine locator on the DPH website at The tool allows users to search by county for a vaccine provider in their community, and provides location and contact information for the provider. This is not a centralized scheduling tool.

  County health departments and private providers are included in the locator. Additional locations statewide will be added when providers are ready to safely administer vaccine, and as vaccine supply allows. All health departments and most other providers require appointments for vaccine


Read more: DPH Launches COVID Vaccine locator ahead of phase 1A+of vaccine administration