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

COVID-19


Bryan Co. Health Dept. Expands COVID-19 Testing Schedule in Richmond Hill

COVID-19 testing at the Bryan County Health Department’s Richmond Hill location will now be available each Tuesday and Thursday between 8-11 a.m. by appointment.

Previously, testing at the Richmond Hill location was only available on Tuesdays. Now residents will have two opportunities each week for free testing in Richmond Hill.

The drive-through site is located at Henderson Park, 500 Veterans Memorial Parkway, behind the County Administration Building off Highway 144. The Bryan County Health Department will continue to offer drive-up testing at the Health Department’s Pembroke location at 430 Ledford Street each Friday between 8-11 a.m. by appointment.

Testing appointments can be made online or over the phone. Click here to schedule an appointment online. To schedule an appointment by phone, call 912-230-9744. The call center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon.

Anyone can be tested, and there is no fee. If you believe you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please remember to quarantine at home for 14 days, and schedule an appointment for testing around the 10th day. Testing cannot be scheduled more than 2 weeks in advance.

For a list of free COVID-19 testing options through the Coastal Health District, visit our COVID-19 testing page.

COVID-19 Testing, Health Dept. Operational Schedule for Labor Day, Sept. 7

Health Department clinics, Environmental Health offices, and Coastal Health District offices will be closed on Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day.

The COVID-19 testing sites in Brunswick and Savannah will be operational on Labor Day with reduced hours.

Drive-through COVID-19 Testing in Brunswick is by appointment only, and will be available Monday, September 7 from 8-10:30 a.m. To make an appointment for testing, call 1-912-230-9744 and choose option #3, or click here to schedule an appointment online.

Drive-through COVID-19 Testing in Savannah is available without an appointment at the Civic Center at 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. The site will be operational Saturday, September 5 from 8:30-11:30 a.m., and Monday, September 7 from 8-10:30 a.m.

The Coastal Health District’s COVID-19 Testing Call Center will be operational with normal hours, Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., closed Sundays, and open Monday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The call center number is 1-912-230-9744.

Click here for more information about COVID-19 testing in the Coastal Health District.

Chlorine Dioxide Should NOT be used to Treat COVID-19

The Department of Public Health has received reports that people are using diluted chlorine dioxide to “treat” COVID-19.  Chlorine dioxide is a bleach-like cleaning agent and, if ingested, can have severe, adverse health effects, including death.

Chlorine dioxide products have not been shown to be safe and effective for any use, including treatment of COVID-19.

Products are being marketed online under various names: MSS, Miracle Mineral Solution, Master Mineral Solution, Water Purification Solution, CDS, Aqueous Chlorine Dioxide, and others.

Ingesting chlorine dioxide products are not meant to be swallowed by people, and can lead to:

  • Respiratory failure
  • Potentially fatal abnormal heart rhythms
  • Life-threatening low blood pressure caused by dehydration
  • Acute liver failure
  • Low blood cell counts
  • Severe vomiting
  • Severe diarrhea

The Georgia Poison Center advises that chlorine dioxide not be swallowed, and not be used outside of industrial settings where appropriate precautions against injury from this chemical can be used.

For more information or if you or someone you know has ingested chlorine dioxide, call the Georgia Poison Center Hotline: 1-800-222-1222

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Warning:

The FDA reminds consumers to be cautious of websites and stores selling products that claim to prevent, mitigate, treat, diagnose or cure COVID-19. Fraudulent COVID-19 products may come in many varieties, including dietary supplements and other foods, as well as products purporting to be drugs, medical devices or vaccines. Products that claim to cure, mitigate, treat, diagnose or prevent disease, but are not proven safe and effective for those purposes, defraud consumers of money and can place consumers at risk for serious harm. Using these products may lead to delays in getting proper diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 and other potentially serious diseases and conditions.

DPH Provides Update on COVID-19 Trends in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is providing the following information regarding the fight against COVID-19 in Georgia:

Positive Indicators

COVID-19 Cases

  • During 8/3-8/9, Georgia’s weekly statewide case numbers decreased by 7%.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that Georgia has experienced a 22% decrease in case numbers over the past two weeks relative to the two weeks prior to that, and that we have seen a downward trajectory of cases for two weeks now.
  • The highest % of case numbers still come from the high population counties in metro Atlanta (Fulton, Gwinnett, DeKalb, Cobb have the highest case numbers) but these counties are actually experiencing decreases now.

Testing

  • As of Aug. 13, the state reported over 1.9 million COVID-19 tests.
  • Eight of the last nine days reporting more than 25,000 tests per day.
  • Average of nearly 31,000 per day over the last nine days.
  • DPH is operating 180 SPOCs, including mobile and pop-up locations statewide.
  • The number of specimens collected at DPH SPOCs has now passed 750,000.

Positivity Rate

Positivity rates are decreasing from 11.86% on 7/27 to 10.98% on 8/3 to 9.5% on 8/9/20.

Hospitalizations

Daily hospitalizations have decreased 6.62% in the past seven days.

  • 8/06: 3,006
  • 8/07: 2,981
  • 8/08: 2,878
  • 8/09: 2,878
  • 8/10: 2,871
  • 8/11: 2,881
  • 8/12: 2,865
  • 8/13: 2,807

Emergency Department Visits

  • Emergency Department (ED) visits related to COVID-19 are slightly decreasing and influenza- like illness (ILI) visits are slightly decreasing.

Areas of Concern

Emerging Hotspots

  • We are seeing decreases in many other areas, but we see growth and/or high transmission in rural middle GA (Bleckley, Appling, Wayne, Taylor, Crawford, etc.), NW GA (driven partially by many outbreaks in manufacturing facilities), east central GA and areas of south Georgia. These increases are driven by ongoing community transmission as well as outbreaks.

Increasing Outbreaks

  • Aug. 6-12: 110 outbreaks

These outbreaks are occurring in settings where people are physically congregating and underscore the need for distancing and source control.

  • Long-term care facilities 23
  • Schools/school athletic teams 14
  • Offices/workplaces 14
  • Manufacturing facilities 13
  • Prisons/jails 13
  • Churches 8
  • Restaurants 4

Outbreaks were also documented in hospitals/outpatient facilities, daycares and grocery stores.

For more state-level data, visit the DPH website: https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report

For more Coastal Health District data, visit our COVID-19 data page: https://covid19.gachd.org/covid-19-data-and-charts/

Coastal Health District to Suspend Operations Monday, August 3rd

The Coastal Health District will suspend operations on Monday, August 3rd due to the potential for wind and rain associated with Tropical Storm Isaias.

All district offices, county health departments, and COVID-19 specimen collection sites will be closed. Anyone with an appointment scheduled for Monday will be notified of the closure and will have the opportunity to reschedule. The COVID-19 Testing Call Center will also be closed on Monday.

All sites and the call center are expected to reopen with normal hours on Tuesday, August 4th.

Online Self-Scheduling Now Available for COVID-19 Testing in Bryan County

You can now go online to schedule an appointment for COVID-19 testing by the Bryan County Health Department. Simply access an online self-service portal, take a brief screening questionnaire, and book your appointment for testing. The self-service portal can be accessed through a link at gachd.org/covidtest.

Individuals still have the option to call if they prefer to make an appointment over the phone. To schedule an appointment by telephone or to get testing information for any Coastal Health District county, call our COVID-19 Testing Call Center at 1-912-230-9744.

Testing is offered three times each week in Bryan County. In Richmond Hill, testing is available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings by appointment at Henderson Park, 500 Veterans Memorial Parkway, behind the County Administration Building off Highway 144. On Friday mornings, testing is available by appointment at the Health Department’s Pembroke location at 430 Ledford Street.

Please do not show up more than 10 minutes before your appointment time. Arriving early can create long lines at the drive-through testing site, and the process will go more smoothly if individuals arrive at their designated appointment time. If you cannot keep your appointment, please go online or call to cancel so the appointment time will be available to someone else.

If you believe you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please remember to quarantine at home for 14 days, and schedule an appointment for testing around the 10th day. Testing cannot be scheduled more than 2 weeks in advance.

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

Glynn County Health Department Expands Hours for COVID-19 Testing

Beginning Monday, August 3rd, the Glynn County Health Department’s COVID-19 testing site will offer more hours for appointments, including some evening hours.

The new schedule for testing will be:

  • Mondays – Wednesdays from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Thursdays from 12-7 p.m.
  • Fridays from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Every 2nd and 4th Saturday from 8-11 a.m. (August 8 & 22)

All testing is by appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled online at covid19.dph.ga.gov or by phone at 1-912-230-9744. If you cannot make your appointment, please cancel the appointment so the slot will be available for someone else needing a test.

Anyone can be tested, and there is no fee. If you believe you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please remember to quarantine at home for 14 days, and schedule an appointment for testing around the 10th day. Testing cannot be scheduled more than 2 weeks in advance.

For a list of free COVID-19 testing options through the Coastal Health District, visit our testing web page.

Chatham Co. Health Dept. Expands Hours at COVID-19 Testing Site

Beginning Monday, July 27th, the Chatham County Health Department’s COVID-19 testing site at the Savannah Civic Center will be open later each weekday.

Every Monday through Friday, free COVID-19 testing will be available from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Testing will also be offered on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 8:30-11:30 a.m. In August, the site will be open Saturday, August 1st and Saturday, August 15th.

“We’ve been working to hire and train more staff so we can meet the testing needs of our community,” says Tammi Brown, Nurse Manager of the Chatham County Health Department. “Also, having our drive-through testing inside the Civic Center offers us protection from the heat and weather. With our additional staff and this ideal location, we can stay open longer each weekday.”

The site will continue to accommodate up to 100 walk-up tests each day for individuals without access to a car. From 8-8:30 a.m., walkers can form a line on the Montgomery Street side of the Civic Center. Individuals MUST wear face coverings and MUST follow the markers to stay 6 feet from others in line. Walk-up testing will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Drive-through testing will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. and continue until 3:30 p.m. on weekdays. No appointment is needed.

For more information about testing in Chatham County, visit gachd.org/covidtestsav/. For more information about testing in other areas of the Coastal Health District, please visit gachd.og/covidtest/.

Savannah Civic Center COVID-19 Testing Site Adds Limited Availability for Walk-up Testing

Beginning Monday, July 20th, the Chatham County Health Department will accommodate up to 100 walk-up tests each day at the Civic Center COVID-19 testing site for individuals without access to a car.

“Not everyone in Chatham County has access to a car, but that shouldn’t block access to a test,” said Tammi Brown, Nurse Manager of the Chatham County Health Department. “Each day that our testing site is open, we’ll offer walk-up testing to the first 100 individuals who line up between 8 and 8:30 that morning.”

Individuals are asked not to queue for walk-up testing before 8 a.m. From 8-8:30 a.m., walkers can form a line on the Montgomery Street side of the Civic Center. Individuals MUST wear face coverings and MUST follow the markers to stay 6 feet from others in line. Walk-up testing will begin at 8:30 a.m. for up to 100 individuals.

Drive-through testing will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis with a capacity to test 500 individuals each testing day. The drive through line will close when the site has reached capacity.

Testing is free, and no appointment is required. For more information about testing in Chatham County, visit gachd.org/covidtestsav/. For more information about testing in other areas of the Coastal Health District, please visit gachd.og/covidtest/.

Bryan County Health Department Establishes New COVID-19 Testing Site in Richmond Hill

The Bryan County Health Department will offer COVID-19 testing at a new site in Richmond Hill two days each week by appointment. The drive-through site will be located at Henderson Park, 500 Veterans Memorial Parkway, behind the County Administration Building off Highway 144. Testing at this location will be offered each Tuesday and Thursday between 8-11 a.m. by appointment.

The Bryan County Health Department will continue to offer drive-up testing at the Health Department’s Pembroke location at 430 Ledford Street each Friday between 8-11 a.m. by appointment. Testing through public health will no longer be offered at the Expercare Urgent Care location in Richmond Hill.

To make an appointment for testing in Pembroke or Richmond Hill, call 912-230-9744. The call center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon.

Anyone can be tested, and there is no fee. If you believe you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please remember to quarantine at home for 14 days, and schedule an appointment for testing around the 10th day. Testing cannot be scheduled more than 2 weeks in advance.

For a list of free COVID-19 testing options through the Coastal Health District, visit our COVID-19 testing page.