What do you need to know about the Novel Coronavirus in Georgia?

On March 2, Governor Brian Kemp and Dr. Kathleen Toomey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and chair of the governor’s COVID-19 task force, confirmed two cases of the virus in Fulton County. The coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has since been detected in more than 35 locations internationally, including cases in the United States.

According to DPH, symptoms of COVID-19 may resemble the common cold or seasonal flu, which is a far greater risk this time of year. The best way to prevent infection with any respiratory virus is to use the same preventative strategies used during a normal cold and flu season. It is important to remember that viruses cannot target people from specific populations, ethnicities or racial backgrounds and this type of stigma should be avoided.

Best Practices, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • The flu is still widespread and active throughout the state, so if you have not already gotten a flu shot, it is not too late. While the flu shot will not protect against COVID-19, it will prevent serious complications that require hospitalization and prevent overburdening the health care system in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • If you have recently traveled to areas where there are ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 and develop fever with cough and shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel, or if you have had contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, stay home and call your health care provider or local health department right away. Be sure to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room, or urgent care center and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

For more information please contact the Department of Public Heath directly:
24/7 Public Health Emergency Line: 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584)


Local HotSpot: Rosemont Berkeley Lake

Rosemont Berkeley Lake is a 660 unit apartment home located on Pleasant Hill Road. Rosemont first opened their doors in 1996, and they have been providing a great place for Duluthians to live ever since. One of the perks of being so close to Downtown is that their residents get to enjoy all of the events and restaurants that Duluth has to offer.

When asked what makes them stand out they said “We pride ourselves on being responsive to our residents. We want Rosemont Berkeley Lake to be a place our residents are proud to call home.”

Bonus! Mention “Local HotSpot”  and receive $300 off upon move-in with a new12-month lease required.

You can find them at:

3475 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, Georgia, 30096

Online: www.rosemontberkeleylake.com

Facebook & Instagram: @rosemontberkeleylake

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Local HotSpot: Eddie Owen Presents at Red Clay Music Foundry


Eddie Owen Presents: Red Clay Music Foundry can be found in the heart of Downtown Duluth and they have become known as the “songwriter’s best friend.” What many people don’t know is that they are more than just a music venue with a 260-seat listening room. They are also a music school and venue rental.

At this music venue, an eclectic group of patrons routinely gather to relish the talent on display. Founder Eddie Owen likes to say “Life is in the song” and he has a particular talent for spotting emerging artists. After all, he did help John Mayer, The Indigo Girls and Sugarland get their start! His rapport with the grassroots music scene and credibility in the industry is unmatched.

Fun Fact: A few years ago, Sugarland played a secret, midnight show at EOP after their sold-out performance at Duluth’s Infinite Energy Center.


BONUS! Use the promo code HotSpot to get 50% off a ticket to this Friday’s show!

You can find them at:

3116 Main Street, Duluth, GA 30096

Facebook & Instagram: @eopresents

Online: www.eddieowenpresents.com

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Local HotSpot: Vom Fass & Violas’


Vom Fass and Violas’ is one of the newest shops in Downtown Duluth and they offer a wide selection of oils, vinegars, spices, soup and rice mixes, gourmet foods and wine. With knowledgeable staff, this food lover’s boutique is great for those who love to cook and those who are still learning to play with flavors! They are also experts at helping you find the perfect gift for any occasion.

What makes this shop unique is that they are always giving their guests a customized experience. Whether that is through private after-hours events, wine tasting or experimenting and sampling the products in store, you can guarantee you are in for a one-of-a-kind experience. Have you ever tried Pumpkin Seed Oil and Sea Salt on ice cream? Or White Truffle Oil and parmesan cheese on popcorn? If not, you better run to Vom Fass!

Bonus! Mention “Local HotSpot” at your next visit and receive 10% off your first purchase (excluding wine).

You can find Vom Fass and Violas’ at:

3131A Main Street, Duluth, GA 30096

Online: https://www.vomfassusa.com/

Facebook & Instagram: @VomFassDuluth

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Local HotSpot: Spool School

Spool School is a sewing and craft studio in Downtown Duluth for absolute beginners and social sewists alike and they are one of the few sewing studios of their kind OTP! They work to create a non-intimidating, fun environment to learn needle arts through a variety of useful make and take projects by offering classes, workshops, camps and parties. What makes them unique is their skill at bridging the generational gap with relevant projects in a beautiful, relaxed environment. And don’t forget to show off your newly made projects in their brand-new photo station! Your friends and followers will be amazed at your skills (and their giant scissors and spools.)

When asked what they love most about being in Duluth Owner, Jamie Stepic responded with “I’ve lived and worked in Duluth for a long time, waiting tables (and meeting my husband) at Park Cafe and coordinating events at Payne-Corley House. I love the community here and the great support from City of Duluth. Relocating my business here was a huge priority for me.”

Bonus! Mention the code word “HOTSPOT” and receive 20% off the 4 week Into to Sewing (adults) or Stich School (kids)

You can find them at:

3112 Main St. Ste. 50, Duluth, GA, 30096 (Below Duluth Yoga)

Facebook & Instagram: @spoolschool

Online: www.spoolschool.com

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Local HotSpot: Planned Pethood of GA

Planned Pethood is the only low-cost high-volume spay-neuter clinic in Gwinnett County and they see nearly 200 animal for survey per week. They offer a 360-degree approach to protecting the health and security of pets with proactive life-saving solutions and have spayed/neutered 55,000 cats and dogs since they opened their doors in 2010.

One of Planned Pethood’s main goals in to ensure everyone can afford to keep their pets healthy and at home. To do this, they offer low-cost vaccinations and spay/neuter services to anyone in need. They also offer free community cat assistance and humane trap rentals. If you are looking to add any new furry friends to your family, the team at Planned Pethood also facilitates pet adoptions.

When asked what they love most about being in Duluth, Planned Pethood responded with: “We love working together with other Duluth businesses. It is great to form relationships with neighbors and work with local businesses that give back! Almost every business in downtown Duluth has helped our organization in some way. We are so lucky to have so many friends!”

Fun Fact: Planned Pethood has lobby cats you can visit while you are there! There is never a dull moment in their lobby!

Special Promotion: Make sure to visit the vaccine clinic on February 1 from 9am to 1pm for low-cost vaccinations, heartworm testing, flea medication and microchips.

Where you can find them: 2860 Buford Highway, Duluth, GA 30096

Online: www.PEThoodGA.org

Facebook: @PlannedPEThoodGA

Instagram: @plannedpethood

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Local HotSpot: Duluth Chiropractic and Wellness Center

Duluth Chiropractic and Wellness Center specializes in chiropractic treatment for natural pain! The team at Duluth Chiropractic has been serving the Duluth community since 1988 and they are dedicated to helping the people of Duluth and Gwinnett County with their pain and injuries by treating back pain, neck pain, sciatica, headaches, jaw pain, knee pain and much more.

When asked what their favorite part about being in Duluth is they responded with “We love being a part of this community! We feel so lucky that we get to meet and help so many of the local people in this area. From local police officers, city employees, to many of our neighbors it is extremely rewarding to build relationships and friendships with our patients. We are proud of the impact we make every day and we value being a part of this community!”

The Duluth Chiropractic and Wellness Center is known for being extremely responsive to their patient’s needs. They have created a warm, friendly environment where people can come to feel better. They also enjoy giving back to their community through support of local charities including Duluth Kiwanis Club and Toys for Tots.

Where you can find them:

Visit them at 3499 Duluth Park Lane, Suite 110, Duluth, GA, 30096

Online: www.duluthchiropractic.com

Facebook & Instagram: @duluthchiropractor

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Local HotSpot: Kurt’s Euro Bistro

Check out this week’s Local HotSpot!

Voted Best of Gwinnett in the Steak & Seafood categories, Kurt’s Euro Bistro opened in 1985 and has been family owned and operated ever since! What is unique about this Duluth establishment is that they bring a neighborhood euro bistro to our small town while concentrating on the freshest ingredients and local flavors. They are dedicated to using the finest, local ingredients and offering the best food at reasonable prices!

Kurt’s focuses on what is best in the world of delicious dining while providing an intimate atmosphere with a great wine selection and a full bar. They like to think outside the box and offer dishes that you won’t find elsewhere. Kurt’s has been serving first-class cuisine for over 30 years and still continues to offer a varied selection of foods spanning the entire spectrum of the culinary world. Many of Kurt’s classics are available along with some new, modern cuisine options that their guests love!

Where you can find them:

Visit them at 3305 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Suite 100, Duluth, GA, 30096

Online: www.kurtsrestaurant.com

Facebook: @KurtsEuroBistro

Instagram: @KurtsEuroBistro

Email: info@kurtsrestaurant.com

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Local HotSpot: Dreamland BBQ

The first Dreamland was opened in 1958 by John “Big Daddy” Bishop in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In the early years, Mr. Bishop and his wife, Ms. Lily, sold everything from burgers to postage stamps. Their barbecue ribs, however, quickly became the talk of the town. Before long, folks from all over the country began waiting in long lines stretching out the front door, wondering what all the fuss was about. Mr. Bishop’s legend grew and grew and, the rest, as they say, is history. While Dreamland has since expanded beyond their humble Tuscaloosa storefront, they’ve never forgotten their roots and Mr. Bishop’s incredible story. They hope you enjoy your visit and leave understanding why they proudly say, “Ain’t nothin’ like it, nowhere.”

Seasonal Promotion: Every Monday-Wednesday in December from 4 pm to 10 pm, Dreamland Duluth will be running a Kids Eat Free promotion. Rules and Exceptions: – Valid at the Duluth location only – Participating children must be 12 years old or younger – One free kids meal can be redeemed for each paying customer aged 13 years or older. – Dine-In only

Where you can find them:

Visit them at 3540 W Lawrenceville St, Duluth, GA, 30096

Online: www.dreamlandbbq.com

Facebook: @DreamlandDuluth

Instagram: @DreamlandBBQ

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Local HotSpot: Duluth Animal Hospital

Duluth Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital offering orthopedic surgery, laparoscopy, ultrasound, endoscopy, advanced dentistry, internal medicine and boarding. They were the very first veterinary hospital in Duluth when they opened in 1979 and they have been the recipients of number awards since then including: “BEST OF GWINNETT” award for 16 years, Angie’s List Super Service Awards, a Pinnacle Business Award, NextDoor Neighborhood Favorite for the past several years and they hold accreditation with the American Animal Hospital Association. AAHA is the highest level of certification an animal hospital can achieve and it helps DAH to stay on the cutting edge of expert medical care and surgery.

One of their favorite things about being in Duluth is the rich history the city has to offer. They have a lot of pride in their hometown and the people (and pets) in it and that is why they strive to provide a family atmosphere for all patients.

Fun fact: Duluth Animal Hospital has two of the most unique mascots around! Ask to meet Roo, the two-legged Chihuahua, and Penny, the fluffy chicken, the next time you take your pet in for their wellness check-up!

Where can you find them:

Visit them at 2965 Buford Highway, Duluth, Ga, 30096

Online: www.duluthanimalhospital.com

Facebook and Instagram: DuluthAnimalHospital

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