COVID-19 | South Health District

COVID-19 | South Health District

COVID-19 resources for Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Tift, and Turner Counties.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information:

All Georgians aged 12 and older are now eligible to be vaccinated.


To Schedule An Appointment:

To schedule an appointment for a COVID vaccination, call your local health department.


Vaccine Provider Locator:

CLICK HERE to use the CDC’s vaccine locator tool to find other vaccine providers in your area.

COVID-19 Additional Dose Information:

Beginning 8/23/2021, individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised are able to receive an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.

To schedule a COVID-19 vaccination additional dose appointment, call your local health department.

To receive the additional dose, individuals are required to either:
A.) Have an order from their physician
and/or
B.) Meet the definition of moderately or severely immunocompromised defined as:
• Active treatment for solid tumor or hematologic malignancies
• Receipt of a solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
• Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
• Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
• Advanced or untreated HIV infection
• Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (> 20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory

Individuals without a physician’s order will be required to sign an attestation form at the Health Department.

COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable. If you received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, you should get the same product for your second or third shot.

COVID-19 Testing Information:

NOTICE: Due to high demand for testing, all health departments within South Health District will ONLY offer rapid COVID-19 testing for individuals who
• Are symptomatic
or
• Need a test to come off of quarantine (ONLY AFTER FIVE FULL DAYS OF QUARANTINE)
 
APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED

 

Antigen Testing:

*Antigen testing (rapid 15 minute results) appointments can be scheduled online for all ten of our counties as well as at our Hahira and Lake Park Clinics.
This service is provided for free.
Antigen testing is only available on certain days in Lowndes and Tift Counties. Please refer to the testing schedule below.
Antigen testing is available for first responders Monday-Friday in all ten county health departments. Please call your local health department for more information.

*An email is required to self-register. If you do not have an email you can self-register using the mock email address: firstname.lastname@noemail.com (i.e. Jane.Smith@noemail.com). If you register without a valid email address or using the mock email address your results will not be emailed to you.

 


[BEGINNING 8/23/2021]

PCR Testing:

PCR testing (approximately 36 hour results) appointments can be scheduled online for Lowndes and Tift Counties.
This service is provided through Mako Labs. There is no out of pocket expense for this service; however, insurance will be billed for those insured.
PCR testing appointments ONLY are available in Lowndes County on Monday and Tuesday 9AM-3PM and Tift County Wednesday and Thursday 9AM-3PM.
Antigen (rapid) testing WILL NOT be available at these locations during PCR testing dates.

FULL TESTING SCHEDULE BELOW

Testing Schedule:

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Testing Schedule

Updated 9/23/2021

 

Lowndes County Health Department
BINAX (Rapid) Testing ONLY
Wed Sep 29 & Thurs Sep 30 – 3:00PM – 4:00PM

PCR (36 hour result) Testing ONLY
Mon Sep 27 & Tues Sep 28 – 9:00AM – 3:00PM

Tift County Health Department
BINAX (Rapid) Testing ONLY
Mon Sep 27 – 8:30AM – 9:30AM
Tues Sep 28 – 8:30AM – 9:30AM

PCR (36 hour result) Testing ONLY
Wed Sep 29 & Thurs Sep 30 – 9:00AM – 3:00PM

Ben Hill County Health Department
BINAX (Rapid) Testing ONLY
Mon Sep 27 – 8:15AM – 9:45AM
Thurs Sep 30 – 8:15AM – 9:45AM

Berrien County Health Department
BINAX (Rapid) Testing ONLY
Mon Sep 27 – 8:30AM – 10:00AM
Wed Sep 29 – 8:30AM – 10:00AM
Fri Oct 1 – 8:30AM – 10:00AM

Brooks County Health Department
BINAX (Rapid) Testing ONLY
Mon Sept 27 – 9:00AM – 10:30AM
Wed Sep 29 – 9:00AM – 10:30AM
Thurs Sep 30 – 9:00AM – 10:30AM

Cook County Health Department
BINAX (Rapid) Testing ONLY
Tues Sep 28 – 8:30AM – 9:30 AM
Thurs Sep 30 – 8:30AM – 10:30 AM

Echols County Health Department
BINAX (Rapid) Testing ONLY
Mon Sep 27 – 8:30AM – 10:30AM
Tues Sep 28 – 8:30AM – 10:30AM

Irwin County Health Department
BINAX (Rapid) Testing ONLY
Tues Sep 28– 8:30AM – 9:00AM
Wed Sep 29– 8:30AM – 9:00AM
Thurs Sep 30 – 8:30AM – 9:00AM

Lanier County Health Department
BINAX (Rapid) Testing ONLY
Mon Sep 27 – 9:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:30PM – 2:30 PM
Tues Sep 28 – 9:00AM – 11:00AM
Wed Sep 29 – 9:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:30PM – 2:30 PM
Thurs Sep 30 – 9:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:30PM – 2:30 PM

Turner County Health Department
BINAX (Rapid) Testing ONLY
Mon Sept 27 – 9:00AM – 11:00AM
Tues Sept 28 – 9:00AM – 11:00AM
Fri Oct 1 – 9:00AM – 11:00AM

Hahira Clinic
BINAX (Rapid) Testing ONLY
Tues Sep 28 – 8:30AM – 9:30AM

Lake Park Clinic
BINAX (Rapid) Testing ONLY
Mon Sep 27 – 8:30AM – 9:30AM

*Schedule may change due to weather.

All health departments not listed above offer Rapid Testing by appointment. Call the health department to schedule your appointment. 

COVID-19 Educational Videos

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Register to Become a Vaccine Provider

As healthcare providers, you play an integral role in helping to ensure the COVID-19 vaccine is administered to eligible populations in Georgia.

In order to receive shipments of COVID vaccine when it becomes available, you will need to complete an online enrollment application.

Click here to learn more.

Isolation/Quarantine Calculator

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Isolation/Quarantine Calculator

The Georgia Department of Public Health has developed an online calculator to help residents determine the length of their quarantine or isolation period. Click below to learn more.

DPH Quarantine Calculator

DPH General COVID Guidance 

South Health District COVID-19 Cases and Deaths

Click here to visit the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Daily Status Report..
This report provides a breakdown of cases, deaths and positivity rates county by county.