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DPH Preparations for Potential Spread of COVID-19

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is working closely with the CDC, and state partners to prepare for a potential outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S., including Georgia. The goal is to quickly identify cases of COVID-19 and take the appropriate public health action to reduce its spread and protect the general […]

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Healthy eating crucial for overall health

National Nutrition Month recognized in March ­­­Eating healthy is one of the most important steps you can take in improving your overall health. People may shy away from healthy eating by saying things like “I don’t like kale” or “Broccoli is gross,” but a balanced diet is not a “one size fits all” meal plan. […]

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Public health hosts free health fair

VALDOSTA – South Health District hosted the Mind and Body Wellness Health Fair on Saturday, February 15. During the event, more than 60 people were able to be screened for various health risk factors including: HgbA1C, cholesterol, BMI and more. They were also able to hear presentations from members of the South Health District team […]

Travelers Returning to Georgia from China Self-Monitoring for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptoms

ATLANTA – Under the supervision of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), about 200 individuals who have recently returned from China are self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). These travelers arrived in the U.S. from mainland China outside Hubei Province with no known high-risk exposure. These individuals are asymptomatic (no symptoms) and are […]

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Protecting your heart in more than relationships

VALDOSTA – February may be the month of love, but did you know that February is also American Heart Month? While most people are focused on protecting their hearts in relationships, many people forget to protect their heart health. This American Heart Month, the Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District wants to encourage […]

Public Health hosts free HIV testing events

Recognizes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day VALDOSTA – National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is recognized annually on February 7 as a way to increase HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment among black communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2017, African Americans accounted for 43 percent of all new HIV […]

Public health staff receive car seat safety certifications

VALDOSTA – Staff with the Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District focused their skills on child car seat safety this month. Eight staff members from across the 10-county district received their certifications to become Child Passenger Safety Technicians. To receive their certifications, each participant took part in a four-day course that concluded with […]

STATE NEWS: DPH Release of Coronavirus Information

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health, in consultation with the CDC, is evaluating patient information received from healthcare providers about potential cases of coronavirus. To date, DPH has not confirmed any cases of coronavirus in Georgia, however the situation could change as additional patients are evaluated. DPH will not provide information about the […]

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Flu-Related Deaths in South Georgia

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed five flu-related deaths between South Health District and Southwest Health District, which covers 24 South Georgia counties. As of January 11, DPH has confirmed 31 flu-related deaths throughout Georgia for the 2019-2020 flu season. The flu activity level is high throughout Georgia and is expected to […]

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SHD hosts FREE Mind and Body Wellness Health Fair

Mind & Body Wellness Health Fair: Reducing the Risk of Alzheimer’s , Type 2 Diabetes, and High Blood Pressure Free blood pressure, HgbA1C, blood sugar, and cholesterol screenings and weight/BMI checks. Free brunch provided. Registration: Registration is required to attend: Tifton event (February 29, 2020): Fitzgerald event (March 14, 2020) Register online or call 229-333-5290 […]