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Health department reports COVID-19 case in Tift County

Brings total South Health District case count to eight
Posted: 12:08 PM, Mar 20, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-20 12:09:58-04

TIFT COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) — The Georgia Department of Public Health , South Health District has received confirmation of two new cases of COVID-19.

One is a resident of Tift County and one is a resident of Turner County.

Health official say the individual in Tift County is currently hospitalized and the source of exposure is unknown at this time.

The individual in Turner County is currently isolated at home during their recovery and the source of exposure is known.

At this time, South Health District has eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the District which includes ten counties throughout South Georgia; however, this number could increase as the situation evolves. For the most up-to-date case count in Georgia, visit This site updates daily at noon.

Prevention is a very crucial step in stopping the spread of illness. The best prevention measures for any respiratory virus are:

· Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

· Stay home when you are sick.

· Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

· Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Avoid large gatherings, especially older adults and individuals with a chronic illness