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Flu or COVID-19?

Determining the difference VALDOSTA – With flu season just around the corner and COVID-19 still extremely prevalent across our area, many people want to know “What is the difference between the flu and COVID-19?” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, influenza and COVID-19 are both respiratory illnesses that are highly contagious. Both […]

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DPH and Governor Kemp Ask Georgians to Follow Four Things for Fall

Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and Governor Kemp are encouraging Georgians to have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend while following Four Things for Fall COVID-19 prevention measures. Wear a face covering in public. Stay 6 feet away from others. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or use […]

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Rabies precautions especially important in warmer months

NASHVILLE – Warmer weather increases the possibility of coming across wild animals – many of which can carry rabies – so residents are encouraged to be especially vigilant during summer months. Rabies is a potentially deadly virus that is primarily spread by infected animals. Several species of wild animals that are native to South Georgia […]

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First COVID-19 Related Death Reported for Berrien County

148 total COVID-19 related deaths reported in South Health District NASHVILLE – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), South Health District has confirmed the first COVID-19 related death of a resident of Berrien County. The individual was a 75-year old male who was not hospitalized. The individual did have underlying medical conditions. “Our hearts […]

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Lowndes County horse tests positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis

VALDOSTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District urges all South Georgians to take precautions to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses. A horse in Lowndes County has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). In addition, multiple mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile Virus. This is the second mosquito-borne illness health advisory […]

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Virtual round table offers STD, HIV education

VALDOSTA – In 2018, more than 2.4 million people were diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases and almost 40,000 were diagnosed with HIV according to the CDC. Many new HIV and STD diagnoses could be prevented through proper prevention practices and access to judgement free education. South Health District’s Infectious Disease Program and Office of Adolescent […]

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First COVID-19 Related Death Reported for Echols County

109 total COVID-19 related deaths reported in South Health District STATENVILLE – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), South Health District has confirmed the first COVID-19 related death of a resident of Echols County. The individual was a 79-year old male who was hospitalized. It is unknown at this time if this individual had […]

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Georgians Urged to Wear Face Coverings to Fight COVID-19

VALDOSTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District wants to continue to urge all Georgians to continue taking precautions to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. In addition to practicing social distancing and washing your hands frequently, wearing a face covering in public settings is an easy step we […]

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Don’t forget immunizations, back-to-school shots

Health department offering vaccination appointments Many students have not been in school since March, and while returning for the 2020-2021 school year may still seem like a distant thought, that doesn’t mean you should forget about the importance of vaccination and immunization schedules. “Our staff has been and continues to be focused on COVID-19 testing, […]

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Continuing precautions crucial as cases rise, businesses reopen

Individuals, businesses should take steps to prevent spread of COVID-19 With cases increasing across our region, businesses beginning to reopen, and as we all learn to face this new normal together, South Health District wants to remind everyone of the importance of continuing to take precautions against COVID-19. There are many steps that businesses and […]

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