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  LIVE: US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J shots in blow to vaccine drive

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they were investigating unusual clots that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.

  VSU will not mandate vaccinations for fall semester

  Southwest Health District stops giving Johnson and Johnson vaccine

Dept. of Public Health: J&J vaccine paused in Georgia ‘until further notice’

  Veterans health system sees positive response for COVID-19 vaccines

  South Health District: Appointments still available for church site vaccinations

Steiner: Phoebe near ‘low point’ for COVID-19 hospitalizations; virus still spreading

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Thomas Co. Jail begins inmate COVID-19 vaccinations

WATCH LIVE: Dougherty Co. leaders hold Friday COVID-19 press conference

COVID-19 antibody treatment seeing success at Phoebe

Some Georgia COVID-19 restrictions rolled back

  State Representatives comment on the idea of vaccine passports

  Is Dougherty Co. ready for relaxed COVID-19 restrictions?

  Tift Co. sees decrease in COVID-19 cases, officials considering mask ordinance

Tift County leaders are looking to move away from their current mask ordinance.

  Southwell divsersity and inclusion director seeks to offer patient care

As the director of diversity, inclusion and wellness for Southwell, McIntyre analyzes trends in the hiring process and makes recommendations.

  Albany Boys & Girls Club aims to get kids active with summer camp

The Boys & Girls Club is putting its final touches on its summer program.

  DCSS continues safety measures after students return from spring break

Director of Community Relations LaKesha Bruce said they kept the same protocols they have been practicing all year.

DPH Southwest Health District announces online vaccine registration now available

Free COVID-19 vaccination clinic coming to Cuthbert, Ga.

South Health District partners with churches to vaccinate communities

4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine adminstered in the Peach State

FTC warns of new COVID-19 vaccine survey scam

  CDC releases new COVID-19 guidance ahead of Easter weekend

Phoebe sees ‘exciting milestone’ in recent COVID-19 numbers

However, Steiner said there are “concerning indications of a potential fourth wave of COVID-19 infections.”

GRAPHS: Tracking Phoebe’s COVID-19 numbers

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is releasing its COVID-19 numbers.

  ‘Determining what our priorities are’: Dougherty Co. leaders considering options for $17 million in aid

Seventeen million dollars is heading to Dougherty County in the form of COVID-19 relief and county leaders said it’s needed.

  A year later: Health officials reflect on lessons learned amid pandemic

There’s not one person the pandemic hasn’t impacted in some way this past year.

  SGMC prepares to open new Women’s Health Center

South Georgia Medical Center is expanding its Women’s Health Care, with a new center opening up Monday.

  $21 million in COVID relief funds coming to SWGA health centers

On Wednesday, U.S. Senators Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock announced that $143 million is on the way to Georgia’s critical healthcare centers to help communities out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kemp signs new COVID-19 executive orders; some restrictions to roll back

One of the orders, which will go into effect on April 8, will roll back a number of restrictions put in place because of the pandemic.

  South Health District sees high demand for Janssen vaccines; drive-thru clinic vaccinates over 500

They remained open until 7 p.m. to give extra time for those who have work can pass by.

  VSU sees students lining up to get COVID-19 vaccine

Valdosta State University is seeing a positive response from students getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

  Effects of the pandemic seen at the psychologist’s office

Mental Health has been an ongoing topic throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic. A Clinical Psychologist at the Renaissance Center in Albany said she saw a rise in anxiety and depression.

Kemp in quarantine following COVID-19 exposure

The governor was exposed while touring storm damage in Newnan on Saturday.

  Why you should hold on to your COVID-19 vaccination card

Dr. Charles Ruis said one thing to do once you get the vaccine is to take a picture of the card.

  Phoebe program hits surgical milestone

Five hundred bariatric surgeries have now been performed.

Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Reserve Corps looking for volunteers

The Medical Reserve Corps is community-based unit that helps organize and use volunteers who want to respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year.

VA holds clinic in Albany to help vaccinate veterans

After a long wait for being vaccinated, veterans now have the chance to get their shots in Albany

  VSU cancels spring break in fear of potential COVID-19 outbreak

Many universities decided to cancel Spring Break this year for fear of COVID-19 outbreaks on campus.

Harveys Supermarket, Winn-Dixie to offer COVID-19 vaccinations in 3 SWGA counties

The vaccines are free, with or without health insurance, and appointments will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis.

WATCH: Kemp to get COVID-19 vaccine in Waycross

The governor will get his vaccine at the Ware County Health Department.

Phoebe Putney reports Friday COVID-19 numbers

"We have plenty of vaccine supply and available appointments, and we want to get more shots in arms,” Scott Steiner, Phoebe Putney Health System CEO and president.

WATCH LIVE: Dougherty Co. leaders hold COVID-19 press conference

Dougherty County leaders are addressing the latest developments on COVID-19.

  Phoebe ready as COVID-19 vaccine expansion goes into effect

Phoebe Putney Health System staff said they didn’t see a large increase in requests for the COVID-19 vaccine during the first day Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s order to expand vaccinations to anyone 16 and older went into effect.

VA Medical Center to offer vaccinations to veterans and spouses during Albany clinic

On Thursday, the medical center announced veterans’ wives and caregivers can also be vaccinated at the clinic.

  VSU’s research team discovers effective treatment for COVID-19

While many felt like the world stopped last year, scientists began the race to find treatments and a cure.

Rural hospitals to receive $2M from Ameris

The Georgia HEART Hospital Program partners with the Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit bill to increase funding to rural and critical access hospitals

  ‘This is our way out of the pandemic’: Kemp pushes vaccinations for rural Ga.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp urged all of Georgia to get the COVID-19 vaccine, especially rural Georgians, during a ribbon-cutting for Phoebe Putney Health System’s two new $1 million dollar mobile wellness clinics in Albany Wednesday.

  Albany residents react to expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

Albany residents talk about the expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility.

  Valdosta leaders encourage vaccinations

With COVID-19 Vaccine eligibility opening up for everyone 16 and older in the state, city of Valdosta officials say they’re on a mission to encourage everyone to get the shot.

South Health District to offer COVID testing as clinical appointments

Starting Monday, the South Health District will begin offering rapid COVID-19 testing as a clinical appointment, according to a press release from the district.

WATCH LIVE: Kemp makes stop in Albany for ribbon-cutting at Phoebe

The governor will visit Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for a ribbon-cutting for the hospital’s mobile wellness clinic.

COVID vaccine availability increased; Southwest Health District changes testing routine

Anyone in Georgia over 16 can get the COVID-19 vaccine starting Thursday.

Americus college hosts blood drive

South Georgia Technical College will host a blood drive for the American Red Cross on Tuesday, March 30 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

  Albany Housing Authority to host mass vaccination clinics

Albany Housing Authority will host a mass vaccination clinic Thursday at Hudson Malone Towers and another later this month.

  ‘FEMA is doing a great thing’: Agency to start reimbursing funeral costs for those lost to COVID-19

FEMA will begin reimbursing funeral costs to families who lost loved ones to COVID-19.

  Doctors urge check-ups amid National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.

  SHD to host drive-thru vaccinations with later hours

If you haven’t been able to get your shot, now’s your chance.

  Data shows pregnancy vaccinations provide antibodies to newborns

The hospital will be checking expecting mothers on vaccine status moving forward and run screening tests for babies too.

LIVE: Vaccine eligibility to expand to all Georgia adults

The update is set for 4:15 p.m.

Doctors say vaccinated postpartum mothers can pass antibodies through nursing

Local obstetricians say there is even more evidence that pregnant and postpartum mothers should get the COVID-19 vaccine.

  Phoebe to pick up vaccine appointments after Albany mass vaccination site closes

If you need a vaccine in the Albany area, and were scheduled with GEMA, you’ll use Phoebe instead.

  Doctor talks telemedicine boom during pandemic

Telemedicine is not a new concept to medical professionals. But the use of phone and video visits exploded during the pandemic.

  First Dougherty Co. grand jury amid pandemic set for Wednesday

Mostly serious felony cases are on Wednesday’s docket.

  Dentists get new technology to stay safe during COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has been affecting many different health care fields. Dental Director with Albany-Area Primary Health Care Dr. LaBendra Shootes-Miller said it’s been extremely alarming for those in the dentistry field.

‘All of our hearts hurt’: Community honors N.C. trooper who died after month-long COVID-19

Trooper Brent Montgomery died March 15 after battling COVID-19.

11 National Guard Soldiers transporting vaccines held at gunpoint in West Texas, suspect arrested

An Arizona man has been arrested after he cut off and held at gunpoint a caravan of National Guardsmen transporting COVID-19 vaccines to Matador, Texas around 7 a.m. this morning, according to Idalou Police.

Phoebe releases statement on mass vaccination site closing

Phoebe health officials released a statement regarding the closing of the state mass vaccination site on Friday.

  Where is the flu? Cases have gone down but not gone away in SWGA.

“We haven’t even had a lot of reports of severe cases.”

Albany mass COVID-19 vaccination site closes

It closed at 5 p.m. on Friday, according to Dougherty County officials.

Phoebe reports Friday COVID-19 numbers

PPMH says they have an ample vaccine supply and are ready to increase the vaccination numbers.

  GSW nursing student gives over 500 COVID-19 shots, volunteers spring break to give more

This week is spring break for Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW), but for Emily Frey, a nursing student, she spent her spring break giving people a COVID-19 vaccine shot.

  SGMC nurses reflect on one year battle against COVID-19 pandemic

This month marks one year since South Georgia Medical Center received confirmation of its first COVID-19 patient.

  ‘This is a whole different crisis than we went to school for’: A day in the life of an ICU nurse during COVID-19

A nurse working on Phoebe’s COVID-19 floor spoke about some of the most trying times, in the worst parts of the pandemic.

COVID vaccinations, health services postponed or delayed ahead of Thursday’s severe weather

Severe weather is expected Thursday.

Judges, courthouse staff now eligible for vaccine

Judges and judicial staff across the state are eligible to make vaccine appointments, according to the Department of Public Health Southwest District.

Dublin offers walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic

The walk-in clinic will be held in the facility’s main auditorium, located on the second floor, on Saturday and Sunday.

3 SW Ga. counties offer online COVID vaccine sign up

Residents in Miller, Mitchell and Worth counties can visit the Georgia Department of Public Health’s online vaccine scheduling system, called Vaccine Registration and Administration Solution (VRAS) system.

  Dougherty Co. chief jailer talks COVID vaccination fears from jail staff

Dougherty County Chief Jailer John Ostrander said a good number of his staff members have gotten vaccinated, but others don’t want to.

  Dougherty Co. EMS adapts amid COVID-19 pandemic

Dougherty County's EMS director says this pandemic is nothing like he’s ever seen before.

  South Ga. organizations, agencies partner up for new mental health initiative

South Georgia has been experiencing the mental health aftermath of the pandemic.