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South Health District asks people to take ‘social distancing recommendations seriously’

It might be the time to start that new Netflix series you’ve been procrastinating over. You have the time now. The South Health District has urged residents of Lowndes County and nine other counties to take social distancing recommendations seriously. Social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding local public transportation (e.g., bus, trains, ride share), and maintaining distance ...

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VSU faculty adjusting amidst COVID-19 outbreak

A little over a week ago, an email from VSU was sent out stating that the university would remain open and classes would continue to meet as scheduled. Additionally, wishes of safe travels over spring break and sentiments of finishing the semester strong were conveyed.  Fast forward to now, the remainder of the semester is to be finished online, as ...

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Column: VSU graduation should be postponed, health should be priority

Each day the number grows. And, with each day, so does the pain. The coronavirus pandemic has infected around 220,000 people worldwide and has killed over 9,000. The confirmed death toll sits at 160 people in the U.S, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only France, Spain, Iran, Italy and China have higher totals. For the billions of ...

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VSU Housing and Residence Life moves students out

In light of the recent campus closure, VSU Housing and Residence Life has decided to move students out of residence halls by March 27. This move out applies to all campus residents, even the Centennial residents whose leases go beyond the Spring 2020 semester. In order to comply with CDC regulations and limit the amount of people in a public ...

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VSU Spring Commencement cancelled amid coronavirus outbreak

College students for generations have yearned for the opportunity to walk across the stage for graduation. VSU’s upcoming spring 2020 class will not know what that feels like. University System of Georgia has announced Spring Commencement ceremonies have been cancelled for all 26 USG institutions, including VSU. The decision was made Wednesday, March 18, by USG as part of massive ...

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Photos: Valdosta coronavirus panic-buying reaches fever pitch, stores run out of essentials

According to the Valdosta Daily Times, public health officials have confirmed a fifth case of COVID-19 in Lowndes County. This, along with Gov. Brian Kemp’s mandate of closing all K-12 and post secondary schools, has residents of Valdosta in a frenzy preparing for a seemingly inevitable quarantine. Grocery stores in the area are feeling the heat, as the demand for essentials ...

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An unprecedented distruption: What campus closure could mean for students

In the wake of the coronavirus being spread to what has been deemed to be pandemic levels, hundreds of schools across the country have closed down for the remainder of the academic semester. VSU is one of the latest victims of such closure, with the University System of Georgia deciding that all of their institutions will switch to online instruction. ...

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USG announces online instruction for rest of semester

VSU will switch time online classes for the rest of the semester due to the coronavirus outbreak, a spokesperson for the University System of Georgia announced Monday evening. The decision comes following last week’s decision to suspend instruction for two weeks at all USG schools. “The University System of Georgia (USG) has decided that all 26 institutions will move to ...

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SGMC holds coronavirus press conference, five staff members considered ‘high risk’

South Georgia Medical Center officials held a press conference Thursday to address the first case of COVID-19 found in Lowndes County. Dr. Brian Dawson, Chief Medical Officer of SGMC, confirmed that since the first case of COVID-19 was found at SGMC, five staff members are now considered “high risk” and are being closely monitored. SGMC officials recommended that those individuals ...

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Valdosta State will be temporarily suspending school starting Monday

VSU students get their wish. The University System of Georgia announced Thursday, March 13, it will suspend instruction for the next two weeks and then transition to a remote learning environment at all institutions. The announcement was made through a letter to presidents of 26 USG institutions. Spring break was set for March 16-20. Teresa MacCartney, Board of Regents of ...

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