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South Health District

COVID-19 Preparedness & Response

COVID-19 Questions? Call Our Hotline:


Healthcare providers who suspect COVID-19 in a patient should immediately contact the Department of Public Health by calling

1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584)

Updated Process for Announcing
COVID-19 Cases in South Health District

Due to the increasingly widespread activity of COVID-19 across the region and in an effort to avoid confusion and ensure that public health is providing the most consistent message possible, South Health District will no longer be posting twice daily updates of case counts. 

South Health District will continue to post updates in the following circumstances:

  • When we are notified of the first confirmed case in one of our counties, we will issue a press release to all media partners. We will also post that information onto the South Health District website and social media accounts. To date (3/30/2020) there are no confirmed cases in Lanier or Echols Counties.
  • A situation arises that South Health District officials feel that it is necessary in the interest of public health and safety.

To receive the most recent total case counts for any county in Georgia, please refer to the Georgia Department of Public Health Daily Status Update map at

This map updates daily at noon and 7 p.m.

Local Press Releases

First COVID-19 case confirmed in Lanier County (4/1/2020)

First COVID-19 Related Death in Lowndes County (3/26/2020)

Sick? Stay home! (3/26/2020)

Social Distancing Critical to Slow COVID-19 Spread (3/20/2020)

Social Distancing Guidelines Critical for Funerals & Funeral Homes (3/19/2020)

General Information:

COVID-19 Screening Tool

Get Your Home Ready

Printable Resources:

EPA Approved Disinfectants

Printable Hand Washing Fact Sheets

Resources for Sick Individuals:

What To Do if You Are Sick

Caring for Yourself at Home

Caring for Someone at Home

Disinfecting your home if someone is sick

Business Resources:

Guidance for Businesses in Preparing for COVID-19

School Resources:

CDC Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Printable Hand Washing Materials for Schools/Daycare

Interim Guidance for Higher Education and Colleges

University System of Georgia Guidance

Healthcare Facility Resources:

UPDATED Interim Guidance for Clinicians Evaluating, Reporting and Requesting Diagnostic Testing for Possible COVID-19 Cases

Evaluating and Reporting Persons Under Investigation

Steps Healthcare Facilities Can Take

Strategies for Long-Term Care Facilities

Healthcare Professional Preparedness Checklist

Hospital Preparedness Assessment Tool

Interim Infection Control Recommendations

Guidance for Retirement Communities/Independent Living:

Guidance for Retirement Communities and Independent Living

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Retirement Communities and Independent Living Facilities (Interim Guidance)

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Checklist: Older Persons

Community/Faith Based Resources:

Checklist for Community and Faith Leaders

Disinfecting Your Facility if Someone is Sick

Checklist for Community and Faith Leaders

Preparing Communities for Potential Spread of COVID-19

Interim Guidance for Community – and Faith-Based Organizations

Interim Guidance for Gatherings and Community Events

Precautions for Election Polling Locations

First Responder Resources:

Resources for First Responders

Interim Guidance for EMS Systems

Information for Law Enforcement Personnel

Dialysis Facility Resources:

CDC Guidance for Dialysis Facilities

Correctional Facility Resources:

Traveler Resources:

After Travel Guidance 

Guidance for those experiencing homelessness

Interim guidance for homeless service providers to plan and respond to coronavirus disease 2019 

Disinfecting Your Facility if Someone is Sick

Interim Guidance for Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) among People Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness

Screening clients for respiratory infection symptoms

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