The Coastal Health District is expanding its COVID-19 testing program, now offering appointments on Sunday afternoons at its drive-through specimen collection sites in Savannah and Brunswick. Appointments are available 7 days a week.
You do need an appointment for testing, but the process is simple – just call the Coastal Health District COVID-19 Testing Call Center for a brief telephone screening. If you meet the criteria, you’ll be referred for a test, and can often get an appointment the same day.
The Testing Call Center number is 1-912-230-9744, and 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 criteria for COVID-19 testing was recently broadened, and now most people will qualify for a free test through the health department. Anyone with symptoms can be tested, and symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell. Many people without symptoms can also be tested based on where they live or work.
To adequately staff the specimen collection site in Savannah, the Health Department will shift most clinical services from two locations in Chatham County to one. The midtown clinic at 1602 Drayton Street will temporarily discontinue general clinic services and immunizations, and those appointments will be shifted to the clinic at 1395 Eisenhower Drive. The clinic on Eisenhower Drive is located on an established bus route with Chatham Area Transit for individuals without transportation.
All Health Department services are currently by appointment only. If you need an appointment for something other than COVID-19 testing call your local county health department. Click here to access contact information for all counties.