Lowndes reports five new COVID cases

Desiree Carver, The Valdosta Daily Times, Ga.
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Apr. 2—VALDOSTA — Lowndes County added five COVID-19 cases Friday, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health, moving the total of confirmed cases to 7,587 since the start of the pandemic.

No new deaths were reported with the total remaining at 136.

The GDPH reported Lowndes with 4,655 antigen positive cases, an increase of six from the previous day, 360 hospitalizations and 64 probable deaths.

South Georgia Medical Center has reported 282 COVID-19-related deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to its report.

SGMC has 10 confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized, down two from the previous day.

The hospital has discharged 1,494 positive COVID-19 patients since the start of the pandemic.

SGMC has vaccinated 22,693 individuals.

The South Health District began offering rapid COVID-19 testing as a clinical appointment earlier this week.

The Lowndes and Tift health departments will alternate holding drive-thru testing events Tuesday mornings.

"Due to the decreased demand of COVID-19 testing at our health department testing sites, we decided to make testing a routine clinical service," Dwain Butler, deputy health director, said in a statement.

The South Health District's website, southhealthdistrict.com/covid, will report which site is open on a weekly basis.

The Valdosta Daily Times has a detailed list of the gender, age, race and chronic condition existence for all deaths in Lowndes County that have been reported so far. That information can be found here.