The State of Georgia has a COVID-19 hotline for questions from the public.
If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.
Evaluation and testing for COVID-19 is not available at public health clinics.
Federal and state agencies are working on a plan to roll out widespread drive-through testing for COVID-19 across the United States. However, all testing for COVID-19 in Georgia at this time must be coordinated by a healthcare provider. You cannot walk into a pharmacy or commercial lab and request a test for yourself.
Typically, testing is reserved for people who are sick with symptoms of COVID-19, people who have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or people who recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, it’s important not to show up at your doctor’s office, urgent care, or emergency room without giving the facility advance notice. If you walk in the front door and are contagious, you could be putting other patients at risk of exposure. Call first and follow their instructions.
If you visit your doctor and a test is ordered, your nose and throat will be swabbed and the swab will be sent off to a laboratory to be tested for the virus.
At this point, all swabs are sent to either the state health lab, or a private lab, like LabCorp. All positive test results are reported to the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Test results can take from 24 hours to several days. There is no rapid test for COVID-19 right now.
If you are tested and awaiting test results, click here to view the CDC’s recommendations for people who are sick.