Health

  Albany’s National Guard COVID-19 testing site up until further notice

The Army National Guard’s COVID-19 test site in Albany continues to see steady numbers at its drive-thru.

  Home healthcare expand services to meet COVID-19 needs

Phoebe issues Friday’s COVID-19 numbers

‘I’m very disappointed’: Albany mayor says we need to continue wearing masks

  Downtown Bainbridge slowly begins to reopen

Mars Wrigley gives thousands in grants to Phoebe Foundation

Albany, Dougherty Co. receives 50K masks from state

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Kemp extends state of emergency to mid-July

Phoebe releases Thursday’s COVID-19 update

Tracking SWGA coronavirus cases

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

  SOWEGA Council on Aging closes 13 senior centers ‘indefinitely’ due to COVID-19

Colquitt Regional Medical Center sees a rise in COVID-19 cases

  'People are still dying’: DPH expands contact tracing for COVID-19

The DPH plans to add thousands of staff members to identify and mitigate hotspots of infections to help prevent further spread of the coronavirus.

Albany organization feeds Phoebe workers

The Albany Baptist Minister’s Conference fed 400 employees at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital on Wednesday.

GRAPHS: Tracking Phoebe’s daily COVID-19 numbers

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

Phoebe releases Wednesday COVID-19 numbers

Phoebe released its latest COVID-19 numbers shortly before noon on Wednesday.

  Blight an issue in Albany as courts remain closed

  Thomas Co. Boys & Girls Club stays connected to children with community ride-around

  Ocilla to hold Glenn Roberts Memorial Blood Drive

Albany food bank continues to provide regular food distributions

Panel discussion on mental health during pandemic set for Thursday

Phoebe reports Tuesday COVID-19 numbers

PPE supplies enroute to Ga. nursing homes

A 14-day supply of PPE is shipping to more than 15,000 nursing homes across America.

  Filling the tank: Baconton pastor helps those who are helping others

A Baconton pastor has stepped up to help those who have helped the nation during the pandemic.

Farmer Fredo: Buying locally-grown produce important amid pandemic

Flint River Fresh Executive Director, Fredando Jackson says it is important to make sure the community is supporting their local farmers.

  LifeSouth struggling with blood shortage, seeks donors

Starting Friday, when you donate blood at LifeSouth, you will automatically be screened for antibodies.

  Nursing students overcome obstacles during pandemic

Nursing Students from all over Southwest Georgia received a 100 percent pass rate on one of their most important final exams.

CDC: How schools should reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Recently, the CDC released new guidelines for how schools should reopen amid the pandemic.

Phoebe releases Friday COVID-19 numbers

Shortly after noon on Friday, Phoebe released its latest COVID-19 numbers for the hospital system.

  Lee Co. plans to reopen county buildings beginning of June

Lee County leaders are gearing up to reopen public buildings soon.

Albany churches join together to provide free masks to the community

Several churches in the Albany area are making strides to keep everyone safe by giving out face masks.

Americus business has donated 17K PPE pieces since March

An Americus business continues to donate more PPE thanks to your help.

  SGMC gives update on medical trial for COVID-19 patients

Back in April, South Georgia Medical Center announced their partnership with Mayo Clinic and Life Blood for a clinical trial. Since then, they have enrolled seven patients.

  Self-administered COVID-19 testing offered at Chancy Drugs

Chancy Drugs is offering free COVID-19 testing at the company’s Hahira pharmacy. But there is a twist to this testing site that perhaps it will be more of an interest to those who are afraid of the nasal swab.

WATCH LIVE: Kemp, top state officials to address the latest on COVID-19

Gov. Brian Kemp and other top state officials are addressing the latest on COVID-19.

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

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

Phoebe releases Thursday COVID-19 numbers

Since Tuesday, no new deaths have been reported.

  COVID-19 fears tied to drop in child vaccinations

The CDC announced fewer children across the country received routine vaccinations, compared to this time last year.

Dermatologist: Face mask can cause skin problems

Face masks have become a norm across the nation. The CDC strongly recommends wearing one in public but it is voluntary.

Albany CVB helping businesses become COVID safe certified

In a partnership with the City of Albany, Dougherty County government and the Levee Studios, the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has created a certification for restaurants to become COVID-safe, and it’s free to local restaurants.

  COVID-19 testing results show few positives in Lowndes County Jail

Lowndes County’s inmate testing for COVID-19 results are back and there were some positives.

USDA announces start of coronavirus food assistance program

This $19 billion relief program was created to provide direct support to agriculture producers, as well as the Farmers to Families Food Box Program.

Phoebe releases Wednesday COVID-19 numbers

Phoebe’s top official said an increase in COVID-19 numbers this week could be because of a delay in testing results.

Chehaw’s zoo reopens to the public

The Play Park and Splash Park remain closed but will reopen as federal, state, and local regulations allow.

Phoebe Foundation donates 50K masks to community

The Phoebe Foundation used donations to its COVID-19 relief fund to purchase 100,000 high-quality, reusable cloth masks, the hospital system said in a release.

  Health official: Ga. hospitals see decrease in COVID-19 patients

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is reporting the state has reached its lowest number of COVID 19 positive patients hospitalized since early April.

  Albany native and new doctor continues career during COVID-19 pandemic

An Albany native is gearing up to further his medical career during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Phoebe looks to fill around 100 RN positions

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital has more than 100 job openings right now during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Tony Welch, the senior vice president and chief human resources officer with the hospital.

  'We will continue to insist upon and abide by certain restrictions’: Albany mayor on reopening

Many are anxious to resume normal, everyday activities, but the city of Albany isn’t ready to completely reopen.

  New plan could offer financial help to small, Albany businesses

If you’re a small business owner in Albany, you could be seeing some much needed financial help soon.

  American Red Cross: African-American blood donors needed to support sickle cell patients

The American Red Cross said about 100,000 people are living with sickle cell in the U.S. and most of them are African-African.

  District attorney: Virtual court hearings saves counties hundreds of dollars

Several southwest Georgia county courts are now holding telecourt or virtual hearings, which leaders said will avoid major backlogs and save counties thousands of dollars.

Face off: AMA issuing art challenge to community

Albany Museum of Art is challenging Southwest Georgia.

Aspire: Children’s mental health key amid summer break, COVID-19 pandemic

Many kids are excited to be done with school for the summer.

  Lee Co. COVID-19 survivor describes tough recovery ahead

A Leesburg woman said her fight with COVID-19 is not over yet, even two weeks after she got home from the hospital.

  Phoebe to fight COVID-19 with remdesivir drug

Remdesivir has not been approved by the FDA but the agency granted emergency use.

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

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

Phoebe releases Tuesday COVID-19 numbers

“Unfortunately, the number of COVID-19 patients in our hospitals has increased in the last few days, and that is a concerning trend," Scott Steiner, Phoebe CEO, said.

  Fashion house, Healing Hands donates scrubs to Phoebe nurses

A family-owned New Jersey fashion house donated hundreds of scrubs to Phoebe nurses.

Salvation Army of Albany working to restock supplies for food distribution

Food is still badly needed by people in need in Albany, according to the Salvation Army.

Know of a front line worker? We want to recognize them.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, a number of workers have braved battling the virus on the frontlines. And we want to recognize them.

Lee Co. star raises over $50K for Phoebe Health

Phillip Phillips’s intimate, live-from-home streaming concert event on May 7 had a big impact...

Phoebe reports Monday COVID-19 numbers

Numbers show a fairly significant increase in the number of patients Phoebe is treating for COVID-19, but that does not necessarily indicate a spike in positive cases.

COVID-19 contact tracing: what you can expect if you get a call

When someone tests positive the Alabama Department of Health launches an investigation, trying to figure out where they've been and who they've interacted with that might be at risk.

  Demand for truck drivers grows as pandemic pushes on

The trucking industry is being relied on heavily to carry the products desperately needed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Dawson native describes working on the frontline of COVID-19 pandemic

Inside Phoebe Sumter Medical Center there are healthcare workers on the frontlines battling the COVID-19 pandemic every day.

  Family puts on surprise ride-by parade for 9-year-old bringing awareness to juvenile arthritis

The daughter of a Coolidge City Council member enjoyed a night to remember on Friday.

  Moody Air Force Base honors healthcare workers with flyover

Moody Air Force Base is honoring and showing their support for healthcare professionals amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

  SGMC’s first COVID-19 patient discharged from hospital

South Georgia Medical Center’s first COVID-19 patient was released from the hospital Friday.

Archbold Medical Center’s COVID-19 death toll up to 50

The death toll is now at 50. On Thursday, the hospital system reported 49 COVID-19 related deaths.

Phoebe reports Friday’s COVID-19 update

Two military flyovers were scheduled Friday to show support for Phoebe’s frontline caregivers.

Phoebe will train nurses with new simulator center

Equipment is being installed in the 22,000 square foot, state-of-the-art center on the fifth floor of Medical Tower II.

  Thomas Co. students to receive meal deliveries through ‘Meals-To-You’ program

With a program, Thomas County students can continue receiving daily meals through part of the summer, and they’ll come straight to their front door.

  Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office increases safety precautions amid COVID-19

Since the spread of coronavirus, the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office has taken action to increase safety measures at its jail.

  Nursing home stats show some rural facilities hit hard in SWGA

In WALB's coverage area, there are 12 long-term care facilities that have recorded 30 or more residents who have tested positive.

  Albany Tech offering assistance to displaced workers

If you’re needing to make a change in your career, Albany Tech can give opportunities for you to consider.

  Lee Co. woman survives COVID-19 after beating breast cancer twice

With the senior population most at risk for coronavirus its inspiring to hear stories of those who beat the odds.

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

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

Phoebe releases Thursday COVID-19 numbers

PPMH only admitted one COVID-19 patient, and there were no additional COVID-19 deaths overnight.

First COVID-19 related death reported in Ben Hill Co.

There are 36 total COVID-19 related deaths that have been reported in the South Health District.