South Health District


Lowndes & Berrien County Health Departments COVID Vaccine Shortage

Second Dose Appointments are Current Priority Valdosta – Due to a limited supply of COVID vaccine, Lowndes County Health Department will start contacting individuals January 21 to cancel appointments for those who have not yet received their first vaccination in the health department or drive thru. Berrien County Health Department will start contacting individuals January […]

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COVID-19 Vaccine Update 1/5/2020

Thank you to everyone who has registered for vaccine appointment callbacks so far. Our health department staff are hard at work calling everyone who has signed up. We received more than 2,000 registrants in the first four days, so we ask that you please be patient with our staff as they work through these lists. […]

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District COVID-19 Cases At All Time High

        VALDOSTA – South Health District is currently experiencing the most significant increase in COVID-19 cases that the district has seen since the pandemic began.           The positivity rate across the district has increased to 15-27% in the last two weeks. An increase of up to 10 percent from earlier this month and double […]

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Health Departments began vaccinating Teir 1A+ on January 11, 2021: This includes individuals 65 and older, healthcare workers and all first responders. ATTENTION: Due to limitations on vaccine supply, we are no longer scheduling NEW appointments and are postponing the reopening of the vaccination registration survey. This suspension will be temporary. We will post to […]

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Public Health Prioritizing Vaccination

Testing availability may be limited during vaccine rollout VALDOSTA – As COVID-19 vaccine begins being given in our communities, the Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District staff will be focusing their efforts on distributing vaccines as quickly as possible.         With the focus of public health shifting to vaccine distribution, this will mean limited […]

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Lowndes and Tift See COVID-19 Cases Increase

VALDOSTA – Lowndes County continues to experience a significant increase in COVID-19 cases. This increase first began in October and has not slowed since that time. Tift County is also experiencing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases. The total count of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Lowndes is 5,350. This is an increase of 760 cases […]

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Public Health prepared for COVID-19 vaccine release

VALDOSTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District is working diligently to prepare for the arrival and distribution of COVID-19 vaccine. While the exact arrival date for the vaccine has yet to be determined (as of December 9, 2020), the staff within South Health District are ready to begin distribution as soon […]

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COVID-19 Does Not Take A Holiday

VALDOSTA – After more than eight months of social distancing, the holidays may appear as a chance for some normalcy in the chaos of 2020.  The Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District wants to remind everyone that COVID-19 doesn’t take a holiday, and neither should your precautions. Gathering with family and friends for […]

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SHD recognizes World AIDS Day 2020

VALDOSTA – While COVID remains at the forefront of many American’s minds, it is also important to not forget those who are fighting other viruses. The Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District Adult Health Promotion program wants to bring awareness to those fighting HIV and AIDS through their annual World AIDS Day luncheon. […]

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Antigen Testing Now Available

Health Departments within the South Health District will begin providing free antigen testing on Monday, November 9 to anyone that has signs or symptoms of COVID-19, while supplies last. “We received 10,000 rapid antigen tests to use at public health testing sites throughout our district,” says William R. Grow, district health director. “These tests should […]