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.

To schedule online for Lowndes County Health Department, click here.


Vaccine Provider Locator:

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

COVID-19 Third Dose Information:

BOOSTER DOSE

Beginning 9/27/2021

The booster doses of Pfizer are available for individuals who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for their primary series. Those who qualify include:

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series
  • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series
  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

 

Only the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine has been authorized as a booster dose, and the above recommendations will only apply to individuals who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for their primary series.


ADDITIONAL DOSE

Beginning 8/23/2021

Individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised are able to receive an additional dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

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.


To schedule a COVID-19 vaccination third dose appointment, call your local 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 10/21/2021

Lowndes County Health Department
BINAX (Rapid) Testing ONLY
Wed Oct 27 – 8:30AM – 9:30AM
PCR (36 hour result) Testing ONLY
Mon Oct 25 & Tues Oct 26 – 9:00AM – 3:00PM

Tift County Health Department
BINAX (Rapid) Testing ONLY
Mon Oct 25 – 8:30AM – 9:30AM
PCR (36 hour result) Testing ONLY
Wed Oct 27 & Thurs Oct 28 – 9:00AM – 3:00PM

Ben Hill County Health Department
BINAX (Rapid) Testing ONLY
Wed Oct 27 – 8:15AM – 9:15AM
Berrien County Health Department
BINAX (Rapid) Testing ONLY
Wed Oct 27 – 8:30AM – 9:30AM
Brooks County Health Department
BINAX (Rapid) Testing ONLY
Thurs Oct 28 – 9:00AM – 10:00AM
Cook County Health Department
BINAX (Rapid) Testing ONLY
Mon Oct 25 – 8:30AM – 9:30AM
Wed Oct 27 – 8:30AM – 9:30AM
Echols County Health Department
BINAX (Rapid) Testing ONLY
Mon Oct 25 – 9:30AM-10:30AM and 1:30PM-2:30PM
Tues Oct 26 – 9:30AM-10:30AM and 1:30PM-2:30PM
Thurs Oct 28 – 9:30AM-10:30AM
Irwin County Health Department
BINAX (Rapid) Testing ONLY
Thurs Oct 28 – 8:30AM – 9:00AM
Lanier County Health Department
BINAX (Rapid) Testing ONLY
Mon Oct 25 – 9:00AM-11:00AM
Wed Oct 27 – 9:00AM-11:00AM
Thurs Oct 28 – 9:00AM-11:00AM
Turner County Health Department
BINAX (Rapid) Testing ONLY
Wed Oct 27 – 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Hahira Clinic
BINAX (Rapid) Testing ONLY
Tues Oct 26 – 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Lake Park Clinic
BINAX (Rapid) Testing ONLY
Mon Oct 25 – 3:00PM – 4:00PM

*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.