Coronavirus Information Center

Message from Chris Dorman, President & CEO, about COVID-19

What should you do if you think you may be infected? 

Call 229-353-2819 to speak to a Southwell/Tift Regional clinical staff member if you are worried that you may have the virus, or if you have questions about the virus, before coming to any of our facilities or clinics.  

Remember, the primary symptoms of COVID-19 are: 

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath 

You can stay up to date on the latest information and guidelines by visiting the CDC website at

Southwell Press Conference (3/20/20)

Visitation Guidelines

Uniform Mask Production Guidelines

Coronavirus Fact Sheet     

If You Get Sick with Coronavirus

VIDEO: COVID-19 Q&A with Dr. Rubal Patel 

COVID-19 Testing

Southwell has a drive-thru clinic for COVID-19 testing at Tift Regional Medical Center’s parking garage on 20th Street.  We are calling this our Mobile Clinic, not to be confused with the Southwell Mobile Clinic unit that visits medically-underserved areas. 

This is not an open testing site. Before coming to the drive-thru clinic, the ER, or any Southwell clinic or facility, patients who suspect they have COVID-19 symptoms are being asked to call our COVID-19 Hotline at 229-353-2819.  Our health professionals will conduct a telephone triage and will instruct patients on whether or not they should go to the drive-thru clinic for testing. 

Visitation Restrictions

To protect our patients, staff, and community during the outbreak of COVID-19, visitor restrictions are in effect for Southwell Facilities: Tift Regional Medical Center, Southwell Medical, Southwell Health and Rehabilitation, and all clinics and departments of these facilities.  Visitation is suspended in Southwell Facilities until the transmission of COVID-19 is no longer a threat to our patients, staff and community. Please see the guidelines for special exceptions.  Please click on the link below.

Visitation Guidelines

Southwell has also limited public access to our Patient Financial Services and Medical Records offices. Services through these offices will still be conducted, primarily online or over the phone. More information about this can be found here.  

All classes and events are temporarily suspended

All support groups, education classes and events are cancelled, effective Friday, March 13, 2020. If you have questions about a specific group or class, please contact the event organizer.

How is Tift Regional Health System/Southwell prepared for the Coronavirus?

As your healthcare provider, we are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of our patients, staff and visitors.

  • From the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve been working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Georgia Department of Public Health and other agencies to stay up to date with the latest information.
  • We have implemented visitor restrictions throughout our system.
  • Mandatory screenings have been implemented at employee entry points at all facilities.
  • We are requesting travel history to ensure early identification of travelers at risk for the disease.
  • Our facility’s “Highly Infectious Disease Plan” is in full effect. The plan includes how to handle a contagious suspect, who to notify, how to don and doff Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and how to ensure equipment is cleaned and disinfected properly for COVID-19.
  • Our Incident Command Center is fully operational.  
  • We are evaluating our supplies and resources on an ongoing basis. 
  • As the number of COVID-19 cases increases across the country, we continue to prepare our co-workers and facilities for a possible influx of patients.

As your local healthcare system, Southwell/Tift Regional Health System remains committed to caring for the health of our community. We continue to monitor the progression of the COVID-19 virus daily.

Tift Regional Health System/Southwell will disseminate updates as needed.

How can area employers prepare for COVID-19?

Southwell recommends these resources to local employers during the COVID-19 crisis: 

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (PDF)

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19 (Website)

More information on Coronavirus

CDC Coronavirus Site 

Georgia Department of Community Health Coronavirus Site