South Health District


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 […]

Drive Thru Flu Clinic Schedule

Ben Hill County Health Department – Mondays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Berrien County Health Department – Friday, November 20th from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Brooks County Health Department – TBD Echols County Health Department – Wednesday November 18th from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Irwin County Health Department – Wednesday, November 18th […]

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Drive Thru and Prevent the Flu

VALDOSTA – With COVID-19 still spreading across our community it is more important now than ever to protect yourself from the flu. Lowndes County Health Department will hold a Drive Thru Flu Clinic on Friday, November 13. The event will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Lowndes County Civic Center, 2102 East […]

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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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