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Lowndes Sees Increase In COVID-19 Cases

VALDOSTA – Lowndes County has experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases in the month of October. The beginning of this increase was first noticed in the second week of October, and the positivity rate has continued to grow since that time. “This increase is significant and it is extremely important that residents not forget that […]

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Early Detection Saves Lives

South Health District recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month VALDOSTA – It is estimated that 279,100 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2020. It is also estimated that nearly 50,000 deaths from breast cancer will occur in 2020. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, public health officials are committed to providing […]

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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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Lowndes CHD & Lark Park Clinic closed Aug. 24

Update: Lowndes County Health Department reopened Tuesday, August 25 at 8 a.m. Lake Park Clinic will reopen Wednesday, August 26, for general services. The Lowndes County Health Department General Clinic as well as Lake Park Clinic will be closed Monday, August 24, due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19. Patients will be contacted to […]

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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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