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  • Worth Co. hosts open house

    Worth Co. hosts open house

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:24:37 GMT
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
  • Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:20:11 GMT
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
  • Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:12:23 GMT
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>

January 9, 2004

Albany-- Flu cases are declining in South Georgia. Dr. Dinshaw Sidhwa says, "So, it's a lull we are having right now, who knows what is going to happen?" But, the worst is not behind us yet.

The flu hit with a vengeance this year, and much earlier than expected. The outbreak is still considered widespread in Georgia, although new cases of the flu have declined a bit. But, doctors says this is just round one of the flu, and we are in for more.

The waiting room at Phoebe Putney's Convenient Care Center is nearly empty today--a much different scene from just three weeks ago, when doctor's were treating three to four times more flu patients than now, "We are still seeing the scratchy throats, patients with the fevers coming in and out, but the actual influenza has dropped quite a bit."

Dr. Sidhwa says at the peak, he treated 20 or more people with flu a day. "Soon after Christmas I believe, around Christmas we came quite high and towards the New Year's we started dropping off, so I think we are down a little bit now."

But, this lull is not likely to last long, "The CDC says we have not seen the worst of it yet and it's going to come back with a vengeance I believe at the end of the month or maybe February."

A female patient is back in Dr. Sidhwa's office Friday complaining of flu symptoms once again--she was diagnosed with flu in early December. The doctor says people need to practice preventive health care to avoid getting the flu, "Washing hands all the time and keeping out of public places where you know people might be sick. Also staying in enclosed places in the cold weather, that might prevent some people from getting it."

And more people are likely to get the flu, as the official flu season is just now getting underway. Usually the flu season starts around January and lasts for a couple months. Right now, 38 states, including Georgia, are listed with widespread flu activity, down from 42 states last month.

Posted at 2:14 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com