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The Coastal Health District of Georgia serves the counties of Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long & McIntosh

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Coastal Health District Brings Free COVID-19 Testing to More Counties

The Coastal Health District will offer free COVID-19 testing closer to home for residents in some rural areas of coastal Georgia. A mobile specimen collection center will visit the following locations for one-day testing opportunities:

  • Tuesday, May 5, 8:30-11:30 am. at Cornelia Jackson Memorial Park, 201 15th Street in Woodbine
  • Tuesday, May 5, 1-4 p.m. at the McIntosh County Health Dept. at 1335 Hwy 57 in Townsend
  • Thursday, May 7, 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Shuman Gym Parking Lot at James Brown Park, 800 Tupelo Trail in Hinesville
  • Thursday, May 7, 1-4 p.m. in the Smiley Elementary School parking lot, 1530 Georgia Hwy 57 in Ludowici
  • Friday, May 8, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Effingham County Public Library parking lot at 810 Georgia Hwy 119 in Springfield

COVID-19 testing through the Coastal Health District is free and most people will qualify for a test. It takes about 5 minutes to swab your nose for the test, and results are available in a few days. No appointment is needed for these mobile testing sites.

Call the Coastal Health District’s COVID-19 Testing Call Center at 1-912-230-9744 with questions. The center takes calls Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The existing specimen collection sites in Savannah and Brunswick will continue to serve clients from all areas by appointment only. Click here for more information about testing for COVID-19 through the Coastal Health District.

Free COVID-19 Testing Available in the Coastal Health District

Wondering if your sore throat or headache are allergy-related or something more? Or are you a critical workforce employee, concerned you could be infected but have no symptoms? You can get tested for COVID-19 by the Coastal Health District for free. It takes about 5 minutes to swab your nose for the test, and in a few days, you’ll have your answer.

The capacity for COVID-19 testing in Georgia has greatly increased in recent days. Test kits are more plentiful, and laboratories can process more tests.

Anyone with symptoms qualifies for a test, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently expanded the list of common COVID-19 symptoms. Now in addition to fever, cough, and shortness of breath, other common symptoms include chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.

If you have any of these symptoms, call the Coastal Health District’s COVID-19 Testing Call Center at 1-912-230-9744 to schedule a free appointment for testing. The center takes calls Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

You must have an appointment for testing at one of the public health drive-through testing sites. Appointments are available every weekday and on Saturday mornings.

As of April 25, 2020, the Coastal Health District had collected nearly 1,100 specimens for testing.

COVID-19 Deaths in Residents of Glynn & Camden Counties

The Coastal Health District has confirmed that a resident of Glynn County and a resident of Camden County have died from complications of COVID-19. These are the first COVID-19 related deaths in both counties.

The Glynn County resident was a 76-year-old male. It is not currently known if he had underlying medical conditions.

The Camden County resident was a 45-year-old male with underlying medical conditions.

Statewide, more than 840 people have died from COVID-19 and more than 21,000 people have tested positive for the illness. There is community-wide transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 across the state.

Georgians of all ages should practice social distancing as much as possible. Avoid unnecessary contact with people outside your household, wash your hands often, and isolate yourself from others if you become sick.

For more information about COVID-19 in our area, visit covid19.gachd.org.

New Call Center Established for COVID-19 Testing in the Coastal Health District

The Coastal Health District has established a new call center at 1-912-230-9744 to screen individuals for COVID-19 testing. The center will take calls Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. This is part of a statewide expansion of COVID-19 testing by the Georgia Department of Public Health.

The following people can request testing through the COVID-19 Call Center:

  • Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
  • These individuals without symptoms – healthcare workers, emergency responders, critical infrastructure workers, and people living or working in group settings like long-term care facilities.

If you meet the criteria for testing, you will be given an appointment for one of our drive-through specimen collection sites. All screening must be done over the phone – do not visit a health department clinic in person for screening. There is no cost for the test.

If you want to be tested for COVID-19 through the health department, start the process by calling 1-912-230-9744 if you live in one of the 8 counties of the Coastal Health District – Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh Counties. Visit our website at covid19.gachd.org for a list of call centers in other Georgia counties.

Doctor’s offices, urgent care centers, and hospitals will also continue to provide testing for COVID-19 and may continue to refer patients to public health for specimen collection.

Nuevo Centro de Llamadas Establecido para la Prueba COVID-19
en el Distrito Costero de Salud

El Distrito de Salud Costero ha establecido un nuevo centro de llamadas en 1-912-230-9744 para evaluar a las personas para la prueba COVID-19. El centro se atenderán llamadas de Lunes a Viernes de 8 a.m. a 7 p.m. y los Sábados de 8:30 a.m. a 5 p.m. Esto es parte de una expansión estatal de las pruebas COVID-19 por parte del Departamento de Salud Pública de Georgia.

Las siguientes personas pueden solicitar pruebas a través de su departamento de salud local:

  • Cualquier persona con síntomas de COVID-19, que incluyen fiebre, tos y dificultad para respirar
  • Estas personas sin síntomas: trabajadores de la salud, personal de respuesta a emergencias, trabajadores de infraestructura crítica y personas que viven o trabajan en entornos grupales como centros de atención a largo plazo.

Si cumple con los criterios para la prueba, se le dará una cita para uno de nuestros sitios donde se conduce la recolección de muestras. Todas las pruebas previas de detección deben realizarse por teléfono   ̶̶̶̶̶̶̶̶̶̶ por favor no visite las clínicas del departamento de salud en persona para hacerse una prueba. No hay costo para la prueba.

Si desea hacerse la prueba de COVID-19 a través del departamento de salud, comience el proceso llamando al 1-912-230-9744 si vive en uno de los ocho  condados del Distrito de Salud Costero: Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Condados de Glynn, Liberty, Long y McIntosh. Visite nuestro sitio web en covid19.gachd.org para obtener una lista de los centros de llamadas en otros condados de Georgia.

Los consultorios médicos, los centros de atención urgente y los hospitales también continuarán brindando pruebas para COVID-19 y pueden continuar referiendo a sus pacientes a la Salud Pública para la recolección de muestras.

Residents in Liberty, Long, and Wayne Counties Alerted to Possible COVID-19 Exposure at Church Events

The Coastal Health District is alerting residents in and around Liberty, Long, and Wayne Counties of a possible church-related exposure to COVID-19.

A routine public health investigation into a confirmed case in a Long County resident revealed that the individual, who is currently hospitalized, attended several church-related events while symptomatic.

Anyone who attended the following gatherings may have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 and should immediately self-quarantine:

  • April 5th and 8th: Church services at Living Waters Ministries on 862 South Coastal Hwy in Midway, Georgia
  • April 9th: A visitation and funeral at the Royal Funeral Home at 247 West Pine Street in Jesup, Georgia
  • April 9th: A post-funeral gathering in a private home in Midway, Georgia

To self-quarantine, individuals should stay home and monitor their health for fever, cough or shortness of breath for 14 days from the last day of possible exposure. For example, if you attended the funeral service on April 9th, you should self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms until April 24th. You should not go to work or leave your home except to seek medical care.

If you become sick with fever, cough, or shortness of breath, you should immediately isolate yourself and avoid all unnecessary physical contact with everyone, including people in your home, and contact a physician for further guidance.

The CDC has more guidance for isolation of individuals who are sick at cdc.gov.

If you have severe symptoms or difficulty breathing, call 9-1-1. Be sure to let the phone operator know you may have been exposed to COVID-19; this will help them take the necessary precautions to protect themselves while helping you.

Testing is available for anyone having symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Many physician’s offices and urgent care centers offer testing, and you can also call your local health department to be evaluated for testing. Click here for more information about testing through your local public health department.

Expanded Testing For COVID-19

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is increasing the number of specimen collection sites statewide for COVID-19 testing, and is revising the current testing criteria to accommodate more testing of Georgia residents.

Effective immediately, all symptomatic individuals will be eligible for COVID-19 testing. Health care workers, first responders, law enforcement and long-term care facility residents and staff will still be prioritized for testing regardless of whether they are or are not symptomatic.

Referrals are still required, however, there are now two ways to be referred to a DPH specimen collection site:

Local Health Department

Individuals who meet COVID-19 testing criteria may now be referred to DPH specimen collection sites by your health department. Residents in any of the eight Coastal Health District counties can call 1-912-230-9744 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to get screened by appropriate health department staff and referred to the closest, most convenient specimen collection site.

Contact information for screening in other counties is available on the state DPH website. Go to https://dph.georgia.gov/ and look on the home page under “COVID-19 in Georgia.”

Health Care Provider Referral

Health care providers and/or physicians can and should continue to refer patients for COVID-19 testing.

People should not arrive unannounced or without a scheduled appointment at a specimen collection site, hospital, emergency room or other health care facility. Only individuals who have been evaluated by public health or a health care provider and assigned a PUI # number will be referred to these drive-thru sites.

Please note: All screening must be done over the phone – do not visit a health department clinic in person for screening.


The number to call in the Coastal Health District is 1-912-230-9744

Numbers to Call to Request Testing Around the State

WIC Services to be Offered Via Telephone Only

CHATHAM COUNTY, GA – To reduce the number of clients coming into health departments, the Coastal Health District is moving to phone-only appointments for families enrolled in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program beginning Monday, April 13.

WIC clients in all Coastal Health District counties will receive a text message with this information. There is no immediate need for clients to respond when they receive the text. Our clinic staff will reach out directly to all clients to complete appointments and make sure the addresses we have on file are correct so WIC vouchers can be mailed.

For more information on WIC services, go to GaCHD.org/WIC.

Sharp Increases in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Georgia

Atlanta – The numbers of cases and deaths from COVID-19 have steadily increased in Georgia and around the country in recent days. These numbers are dramatic, and the grief over loved ones lost to the virus is unfathomable. With more testing, the numbers will continue to increase.

Without question, these numbers also tell us that COVID-19 is widespread throughout Georgia. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is calling on all Georgians to do their part to stop further spread of this deadly virus.

Stay home – the Governor has issued a shelter-in-place Executive Order that should be observed by all residents and visitors.

Practice social distancing – keep at least 6 feet between yourself and other people.

Wash your hands – use soap and water and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (60% alcohol) if soap and water aren’t readily available.

Wear a mask – The CDC now recommends the use of face masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19, especially where socials distancing is difficult to maintain (grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.), and especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. The

CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

We know that increased testing means the number of positive cases will increase. But along with that, we are also seeing further spread of COVID-19 throughout Georgia,” said Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., DPH commissioner. “We can stop the spread of COVID-19 in Georgia, but every Georgian must take personal responsibility now and follow the prevention guidance to keep this deadly virus from taking any more precious lives.”

For more information about COVID-19 https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

For updates on the COVID-19 situation as it develops, follow @GaDPH, @GeorgiaEMA, and @GovKemp on Twitter and @GaDPH, @GEMA.OHS, and @GovKemp on Facebook.

Chatham Co. Health Dept. Vital Records Office Temporarily Closed After Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

An employee of the Vital Records office of the Chatham County Health Department has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee became symptomatic on Monday, March 30th, and left work to self-isolate at home. Health Department administrators were notified of the lab-confirmed diagnosis on Sunday evening, April 4th.

We believe the risk of exposure to clients is low. Vital Records provides birth and death records and is housed in the Chatham County Health Department building at 1395 Eisenhower Drive in Savannah. A pane of glass separates clients from the Vital Records staff members, so close contact is unlikely. Recent clients of the Vital Records office are advised to take the same precautions as all residents: avoid unnecessary contact with people outside your household, cover your nose and mouth when in public spaces like grocery stores and pharmacies, and call a physician if you develop symptoms.

Coastal Health District staff have notified all the employees who may have been exposed. All employees of the Vital Records office will self-quarantine and the Chatham County Health Department Vital Records office will be closed until at least Tuesday, April 14th.

COVID-19 Death of Effingham County Resident

The Coastal Health District has confirmed the first death of an Effingham County resident from COVID-19. The individual was a 56-year-old male, and it is currently unknown if he had underlying medical conditions.

This is the 5th COVID-19 related death in the Coastal Health District; three residents of Chatham County and one resident of Bryan County have also died from complications of COVID-19.

Statewide, at least 211 people have died from COVID-19, and more than 6,640 people have tested positive for the illness.

To limit spread, all Georgians are asked to stay home as much as possible and avoid unnecessary contact with persons outside your household. If you do need to be in public where it’s not possible to keep a distance of at least 6 feet from others, the CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering. Even people who are not ill may be infected and contagious, so CDC recommends that everyone wear a cloth face covering in places like grocery stores and pharmacies to limit transmission of the virus.