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

COVID-19


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.

Camden, Effingham, Liberty, Long, & McIntosh Counties Join Glynn Co. in Offering Online Scheduling for COVID-19 Tests

Online scheduling for COVID-19 testing is now available in 6 counties of the Coastal Health District. You can schedule an appointment using an online self-service portal for testing in Camden, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh Counties.

Click here for information and a link to the self-service portal.

You still have the option to schedule an appointment by phone through the Coastal Health District’s COVID-19 Testing Call Center at 1-912-230-9744. The Call Center can also be used for scheduling appointments in Bryan County, for information about testing in Chatham County, or for test results.

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

COVID-19 Testing Schedule Expanded

The Health Departments in Bryan, Camden, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh Counties have expanded their testing schedules to offer more COVID-19 testing appointments each week.

The Glynn County Health Department will now offer testing by appointment Monday through Friday and alternating Saturdays. The Health Departments in Bryan, Camden, Effingham, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh are expanding from one day of testing per week to two days each week.

COVID-19 testing in Richmond Hill is still available 7 days per week. Testing by the Chatham County Health Department is available Monday through Friday and alternating Saturdays.

For a full schedule and more details, visit our COVID-19 Testing Page.

Online Self-Scheduling Now Available for COVID-19 Testing at Glynn County Health Department

You can now schedule an appointment online for COVID-19 testing at the Glynn County Health Department. Simply access the self-service portal, take a brief screening questionnaire, and book your appointment for testing. Click here for instructions and a link to the self-service portal.

“We want to make the scheduling process as easy as possible,” said Dr. Lawton Davis, Health Director of the Coastal Health District. “If you prefer a phone call, you can still call us to schedule a COVID-19 test. But adding an online option gives our community even more ways to connect with us for testing.”

Online scheduling will be available for additional counties soon. To schedule an appointment by telephone or to get testing information for any Coastal Health District counties, call our COVID-19 Testing Call Center at 1-912-230-9744.

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.

New Testing Site Locations, Operations in the Coastal Health District Beginning July 6

The Coastal Health District is making several changes to its COVID-19 testing program to reduce long lines and wait times at some testing sites, and to better protect staff members from the weather.

Testing in Chatham County will move to the Savannah Civic Center on July 6th. Drivers will enter from Oglethorpe Avenue and queue in the Civic Center parking lot. The drive-through line will route cars into a sheltered cargo area inside the Civic Center where Health Department staff will collect specimens for testing.

In Glynn County, the Health Department will transition to an appointment-only testing process on July 8th. You can begin calling 1-912-230-9744 to schedule an appointment for Glynn County on Monday, July 6th.

Beginning next week, all testing by the Coastal Health District in Bryan, Camden, Effingham, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh Counties will be by appointment only. Call 1-912-230-9744 to schedule an appointment.

The district is also adding 17 contract nurses and 42 temporary administrative support personnel at specimen collection sites and testing call centers across the 8-county region.

Click the button below for a list of testing sites and operational hours, and for information about scheduling appointments:

COVID-19 Testing Information

Georgia DPH Asks Residents to ‘Answer the Call’ in New Contact Tracing Video

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is releasing a new video explaining the state’s COVID-19 contact tracing efforts, asking residents to ‘answer the call’ if DPH reaches out.

This video is part of a larger campaign rolling out across the state promoting the Healthy Georgia Collaborative, DPH’s expanded contact tracing program to combat the spread of COVID-19. Contact tracing is an important public health tool used to monitor the spread of infection and identify outbreaks of COVID-19 before they become widespread community transmission.

Since May, the Healthy Georgia Collaborative has deployed about 1,300 contact tracers and case investigators statewide to interview individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, and then alert, quarantine and test contacts who may have been exposed. To date, 16,590 cases have been interviewed and 40,082 contacts identified.

“For contact tracing to be successful, education is critical,” said DPH Commissioner Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H. “We need residents to understand what contact tracing is, why it’s important, and how they can participate in helping Georgia stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Beyond explaining the contact tracing process, DPH’s new video also urges residents to “Answer the Call!” When contacts of COVID-19 cases are identified, the first and fastest way that DPH can notify them of their exposure is by calling. “If you don’t pick up the phone,” explains Dr. Toomey, “Then we can’t alert you and get you the support you need. This puts yourself and others at risk of getting sick.”

To encourage participation and reduce scams, when DPH calls, the caller ID will say, “GA COVID Team.” Contact tracers will provide resources and information on testing, symptom monitoring and protection for family members. Any information provided to DPH staff members is kept confidential per HIPAA, which is the law that protects an individual’s personal health information. Georgia’s contact tracing program does not use GPS or Bluetooth technology to track movements of residents.

Contact tracers will never ask for personal information like Social Security numbers, credit card information or citizenship status. If you suspect fraudulent activity or know of someone else who has experienced this, please contact the DPH COVID-19 hotline immediately to report: 1-844-442-2681.

For more information about COVID-19 visit covid19.gachd.org, or the GDPH site at https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus.

COVID-19 Testing Site Changes

Beginning Monday, June 8th, appointments will no longer be required for the Coastal Health District’s COVID-19 specimen collection sites in Savannah and Brunswick. These two sites will be available for drive-through testing several days each week, serving anyone who would like a test at no cost and with no appointment required.

“When these sites were first established, the appointments helped us manage our limited supplies and ensure access for priority testing groups,” said District Health Director, Dr. Lawton Davis. “Now that our supplies have increased and anyone can be tested, we can remove the barrier of scheduling an appointment for two of our busiest testing locations.”

Drive-through testing will be available without an appointment at these two fixed locations beginning June 8, 2020:

Savannah: 7221 Sallie Mood Drive, near the Jennifer Ross Soccer Complex

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • “Pop-up” mobile testing sites in various locations on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Brunswick: 2747 4th Street in the parking lot of the Glynn County Health Dept.

  • Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • “Pop-up” mobile testing sites in various locations on Saturdays

Appointments are still required for the two specimen collection sites in Bryan County. The site in Richmond Hill offers free testing 7 days a week by appointment, and the site in Pembroke offers free testing by appointment every Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Residents can call the Coastal Health District Testing Call Center at 912-230-9744 to begin the scheduling process for those 2 Bryan County sites.

Please note, as we move into the hot summer months, any testing site may close early and unexpectedly because of excessive heat or storms. Outdoor testing locations are ideal for reducing the risk of virus transmission, but thunderstorms pose a risk to health department staff and other first responders. Also, hot temperatures could lead to heat-related illness, especially for personnel wearing full personal protective equipment including masks, gloves, gowns, and face shields.

For additional information on testing, including a list of upcoming mobile testing sites, visit our COVID-19 testing page.

COVID-19 Death in Liberty County

The Coastal Health District has confirmed the death of a Liberty County resident from complications of COVID-19. The individual was an 89-year-old male who had underlying medical conditions.

This is the first confirmed COVID-19 related death in Liberty County, where there have been 82 confirmed cases of the illness.

For more information about COVID-19 in our area, visit the Coastal Health District at covid19.gachd.org.