Fake News: NO Coronavirus Cases Reported In Rome, Georgia

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  • by: Ryan Cooper
Fake News: NO Coronavirus Cases Reported In Rome, Georgia

Was a Redmond Urgent Care in Rome, Georgia, placed on lockdown due to a possible case of the novel coronavirus? No, that's not true: The post is false, and the medical facility has issued a statement saying there has not been a confirmed case, nor has any location been placed on lockdown.

The claim originated from a post (archived here) published by Kim Dean on February 11, 2020. It opened:

Serious matter... Rome Ga... Coronavirus maybe here Redmond Urgent Care by Zaxbys East Rome on lockdown

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The Facebook post has been fabricated. Dean repeatedly claimed in the comments section that a nurse stopped her son at the door and refused to let anyone inside the urgent care facility in Rome, Georgia.

However, Redmond Urgent Care posted this note on Facebook denying that there were any cases of the coronavirus at their facilities:

Redmond Regional Medical Center operates six locations in the Rome area, which is about 70 miles north of Atlanta.

On February 10, 2020, the Rome News-Tribune reported that a local man who had been working in China had placed himself in voluntary self-quarantine. However, he showed no symptoms of the coronavirus, which has killed at least 1,113 people as of February 12, 2020, according to The New York Times.

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  Ryan Cooper

Ryan Cooper, a staff writer and fact-checker for Lead Stories, is the former Director of Programming at CNN International, where he helped shape the network's daily newscasts broadcast to more than 280 million households around the world. He was based at the network's Los Angeles Bureau. There, he managed the team responsible for a three-hour nightly program, Newsroom LA.

Formerly, he worked at the headquarters in Atlanta, and he spent four years at the London bureau. An award-winning producer, Cooper oversaw the network's Emmy Award-winning coverage of the uprising in Egypt in 2011. He also served as a supervising producer during much of the network's live reporting on the Israel-Hezbollah conflict in 2006, for which CNN received an Edward R. Murrow Award.

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