Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:59:20 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:44:12 GMT
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
November 29, 2006
Valdosta -- When it comes to the flu, Valdosta and Lowndes County are preparing for the worst. They are meeting to discuss how to handle a flu pandemic and keep the masses out of the ER.
South Georgia Medical Center is the first stop for patients in Lowndes County feeling flu symptoms. Seeing over 200 patients a day, a flu outbreak could throw the crowded emergency room into Chaos.
"The hospital would become a refuge for people seeking treatment for the flu. And in that, we would change our normal routine procedures and go into a plan we have for pandemic flu," said Chief Operating Officer Randy Sauls.
This plan would call assistance from agencies all over the area including fire, police, city and county officials. Each would have a job to help keep the community in order. "We coordinate activities and resource deployment so we can manage the environment collectively," said Sauls.
A triage could also be set up at Mathis City Auditorium for anyone with symptoms, up the hospitals already crowded Emergency Room for every day patients. "We could use the actual emergency department just for patient care and do the triage and initial stabilization at Mathis City so it would take a large burden off the Emergency Department," said ER Chief Dr. Howard Jones.
With the country facing an 77 percent chance of being hit with a wide spread illness, planning is matter for when, not if. "So its just a matter of time when a particular mutation occurs and a virus spreads through the population," said Saul.
This plan will also be used in case of another wide spread emergency in the county. Hospital officials still say the best way to keep from getting the flu is to wash your hands often and get vaccinated.