COVID-19 Preparedness & Response

Renewal of the Public Health State of Emergency


Healthcare providers who suspect COVID-19 in a patient should immediately contact the Georgia COVID-19 Hotline at 1-844-442-2681 or South Health GA DPH Hotline at 844-955-1499.

The City of Valdosta has been closely monitoring the recent reports and information on COVID 19, commonly referred to as coronavirus, over the last several weeks. Like you, we have watched as this illness has moved into our country, our state and now our community. While the City is not the public health organization for our area, we have been working closely to learn more information from our public health partners with the Lowndes County Health Department, Georgia Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization. This communication is not meant to alarm you, but to let you know that the City of Valdosta like you, is working to prepare for the spread of illness over the coming weeks and months.

Coronavirus Disease 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Newly identified in humans toward the end of 2019, COVID-19 has spread with cases in the United States. The spread of any illness is reason for concern and the outbreak of COVID-19 has been a stressful time for communities around the world. With that said, the best defense you have is to equip yourself with information to make informed choices, prevent spread, seek proper treatment as needed, and continue to share quality information with others. (Source:CDC)

Fighting Fear with Facts

The spread of any disease is reason for concern, but sometimes fear can result in the spread of disinformation and unhelpful actions. The solution is to equip ourselves with the facts. Below is information about COVID-19 that you can use today to make informed choices about you and your family's health. You can view this information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in EnglishSpanish and Chinese.

Take Action Today

The resources you need to make informed decisions are here. Use the links below to prepare your home, work, and other frequently visited places for possible COVID-19. While preparing yourself, remember to share quality information with the people in your lives. Fear of other people whether they are currently sick, recently traveled, or any other reason will not help stop the spread of COVID-19. It is through the actions we take today and the spread of useful information to others that we protect our communities.
COVID-19: Resources for Business & Industry

Chamber COVID-19 

Press Releases:

• Governor Kemp Announces Plan to Reopen Businesses - Here is What We Know  (4/21/20)

• VPD Enforcing Local Ordinances on Large Gatherings (4/16/20)

• Primary election postponed until June 9th 

• Kemp, Duncan, Ralston Announce Plans to Extend Public Health State of Emergency

• Governor Kemp's Executive Order - What We Know

• VCS and LCS to Remain Closed through April 24

• Local Governments Issue Revised Emergency Management Order

• City of Valdosta March 26 Services Updates Related to COVID-19

• Local Governments Issue Emergency Management Purpose Order in Response to COVID-19

• City of Valdosta and Lowndes County Issue March 20 COVID-19 Update

 Local Governments Issue Voluntary Closures due to COVID-19 (3/19/20)

• Local Governments Issue March 18 COVID-19 Update (3/18/20)

• March 17 Update on Valdosta’s Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (3/17/20)

Kemp: Public Elementary, Secondary, Post-Secondary Schools Closed March 18 to March 31  (3/16/20)

Lowndes Food Resources During School Closure

• Second Harvest/VCS Meal Distribution Sites--COVID-19

• SGMC Announces Opening of COVID-19 Screening Station (3/16/20)

• Secretary of State Raffensperger Postpones The Presidential Preference Primary (3/14/20)

• VCS establishes COVID-19 Specialized Website

City of Valdosta Update - Press Release 

• Declaration of Judicial Emergency suspending all courts for a period of thirty days in the Southern Judicial Circuit

LCS Closing March 16-March 27

VCS Closures March 16 - March 27



Handwashing Guide 
Household Preparedness Guide
Business Preparedness Guide

Coronavirus Factsheet

COVID-19 Traveler Recommendations (High Risk/Level 3 Countries) 

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