South Health District

Newsroom

Powdered Infant Formula Recall

UPDATE 3/1/2022 A recall of powdered infant formula is expanding to include a specialty formula for infants with certain dietary needs. Abbott Nutrition is now recalling one lot of Similac PM 60/40 in addition to select lots of Similac, Alimentum, and EleCareformulas manufactured in its Sturgis, Michigan, facility. The products are sold throughout the U.S. […]

Category: Uncategorized

February is Heart Month

Protect Your Heart From More Than Heartbreak VALDOSTA – Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is the nation’s leading killer of both men and women across all racial and ethnic groups. February is Heart Month and public health wants to remind everyone to protect their hearts from more than just heart break this and every month.  Georgia Department […]

Category: Uncategorized

DPH Does Not Recommend Employers Require Negative COVID-19 Tests To Return To Work

VALDOSTA – Local Public Health officials want to remind employers that it is not recommended to require a negative COVID-19 test before allowing employees to return to work after they have tested positive for COVID-19. Current isolation recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control for individuals who test positive, regardless of vaccination status, are: Stay […]

Category: Uncategorized

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Cervical Health Awareness Month is recognized nationwide in January. The Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District wants to remind residents of the steps they can take to be proactive in their cervical health. According to the centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all women are at risk for cervical cancer, although it occurs […]

Category: Uncategorized

COVID Cases Rising Across Region

VALDOSTA – COVID cases are on the rise as the nation battles the newest surge. Omicron is spreading rapidly and that includes the 10 counties served by the Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District. In three weeks the 7-day case increase for our 10 counties (Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, […]

Category: Uncategorized

DPH Urges Georgians NOT to Go to Hospital Emergency Departments for COVID Testing

Atlanta – To help keep hospital emergency departments open to treat medical emergencies, individuals seeking COVID testing should not go to hospital emergency departments, unless they are experiencing severe COVID-19 symptoms requiring urgent medical attention. Asymptomatic individuals or individuals with mild symptoms should find testing sites other than hospital emergency departments. COVID-19 testing locations are […]

Category: Uncategorized

COVID-19, Flu Do Not Take A Holiday

VALDOSTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District wants to remind everyone that COVID-19 and the flu do not take a holiday, and neither should your precautions. Gathering with family and friends for traditional holiday celebrations is an exciting return to normalcy, however it is important to remember that these types of […]

Category: Uncategorized

Unlicensed Restaurants Risk to Public Health

Social media continues to gain popularity as a platform for promoting and conducting business. This trend has also led to an increase in unlicensed restaurants, which are typically operated out of private homes and residential kitchens. These types of businesses often advertise single plate or order ahead sales. Individuals may be told to pick-up their orders […]

Category: Uncategorized

Flu or COVID-19?

Determining Difference Not So Simple   VALDOSTA – Flu cases across the region are beginning to rise. As we approach peak flu season and with COVID-19 cases still being diagnosed each day across our area, many people want to know “How will I know if I have the flu versus COVID?” According to the Centers […]

Category: Uncategorized

SHD recognizes World AIDS Day 2021

VALDOSTA – As our nation continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important remember that others are battling through a different, less publicly discussed, pandemic. The Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District Infectious Disease Program wants to bring awareness to those fighting HIV and AIDS through their annual World AIDS Day luncheon. […]

Category: Uncategorized