Two New COVID-19 Related Deaths Confirmed

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), South Health District has confirmed two new COVID-19 related deaths. One individual was a resident in Tift County and the other was a resident of Brooks County. The Tift County individual was an 80-year old male with no underlying medical conditions. The Brooks County individual was a 73-year old male with underlying medical conditions. Both individuals were hospitalized.

” Our hearts go out to the loved ones of these individuals and we are incredibly saddened for their loss,” said William R. Grow, MD, FACP, district health director. “We continue to encourage everyone to stay home to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and hopefully prevent more families from losing loved ones.”

This brings the total count of confirmed COVID-19 related deaths in South Health District to nine.

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 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.

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