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Red Cross blood drive February 15.

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive in the main building of the Bleckley County Extension Office, 165 East Peacock Street, February 15 from 2-7 pm.  Schedule your appointment online by going to redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code "Cochran."  Streamline your donation day experience and save up to 15 minutes by going to redcrossblood.org/rapidpass the day of your appointment to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions.  Social distancing will be utilized, masks welcomed.  Do not attend if not feeling well or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the past 30 days.

Weekly COVID-19 vaccinations to be held at Heartland EMS.

The South Central Health District will begin holding weekly COVID-19 vaccinations at Heartland EMS, 256 Lucas Road, starting January 18 from 9 am-noon. You must have an appointment. To schedule, click here or call (478)275-6570.

Drive Thru COVID-19 vaccination at health department January 11.

The South Central Health District will hold a Phase 1A COVID-19 Drive-Thru vaccination at the Bleckley County Health Department January 11 from 9 am to noon. Phase 1A is for persons 65 and older plus their caregivers, healthcare workers, and first responders. Please bring photo ID, proof of insurance, and vaccination consent form. Be prepared to wait 15 minutes after vaccination. Call (478)275-6570 with any questions.

Local church resuming in-person services Sunday

After months away due to COVID-19, Cochran First United Methodist Church will be resuming in-person services this Sunday. The announcement was made by church pastor Rev. Dr. Bill Woodson during the weekly video sermon posted on the church Facebook page. The church had originally planned to resume services in June but delayed due to a spike in cases locally. According to Woodson, several safety protocols will be in place including a mask requirement, temperature checks, and roping off every other pew to promote social distancing.

Mobile COVID-19 testing site at Middle Georgia State September 9.

The South Central Health District will have a mobile COVID-19 testing site at Middle Georgia State University in Cochran September 9 from 8 am-noon.  Turn left on to Sarah Street from Second Street and follow the signs.  Please wear a mask to the site, stay in your car to be tested.  Register online by going to http://covid19.dph.ga.gov  Call (478)275-6570 for more information.

Board of Education passes mask mandate.

At Tuesday night's monthly meeting, the Bleckley County Board of Education passed a rule that will require students, faculty, and visitors to wear masks while on buses or inside school facilities.  Click here for more.

Christ Chapel Cochran not holding in-person services this week.

Christ Chapel Cochran announced via Facebook that this Sunday's services would be online only and begin at 10:30 am. It follows the cancellation of this week's Reverb and C4Kids youth and children's services held on Wednesday nights. Both stem from someone who attended services last week testing positive for COVID-19.