First COVID-19 Related Death Reported in Irwin County
Posted: April 22, 2020 by Kristin Patten
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), South Health District has confirmed two new COVID-19 related deaths of residents of South Health District. One individual was a resident of Irwin County and the second individual was a resident of Lowndes County. The Irwin County individual was an 80-year old female with underlying medical conditions. This individual was hospitalized. This is the first confirmed COVID-19 related death in Irwin County. The Lowndes individual was a 74-year old female with underlying medical conditions. This individual was hospitalized.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of these individuals,” William R. Grow, MD, FACP, district health director. “We want to continue to encourage everyone to take every precaution possible to slow the spread of this disease.”
This brings the total count of confirmed COVID-19 related deaths in South Health District to 21.
To receive the most recent total case counts for any county in Georgia, please refer to the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Daily Status Update at https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report. This site updates daily at noon and 7 p.m.
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is calling on all Georgians to do their part to stop further spread of this deadly virus.
Stay home – the Governor has issued a shelter-in-place Executive Order that should be observed by all residents and visitors.
Practice social distancing – keep at least 6 feet between yourself and other people.
Wash your hands – use soap and water and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (60% alcohol) if soap and water aren’t readily available.
Wear a mask – The CDC now recommends the use of face masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19, especially where socials distancing is difficult to maintain (grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.), and especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. The CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
If you develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., shortness of breath, coughing and fever), and 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 symptoms.