First COVID-19 Related Death Reported for Tift County

Tifton – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), South Health District has confirmed a COVID-19 related death of a resident in Tift County. The person was a 62-year old female with underlying medical conditions who was hospitalized at Tift Regional Medical Center.

 “We are saddened to hear of the passing of another resident of our district,” said William R. Grow, MD, FACP, district health director. “Our hearts go out to her family and loved ones during this awful time.”

This is the second confirmed COVID-19 related death in South Health District.

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  • Practice social distancing by putting at least 6 feet between yourself and other people.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

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