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DPH Continues Operation of Specimen Collection Sites

May 30, 2020

Georgia National Guard and Augusta University Scale Back Drive-Thru Sites

Nine specimen collection sites operated jointly by the Georgia National Guard and Augusta University will end operations effective May 30 as the university transitions its focus to research and development of new non-invasive testing options like saliva and antibody testing. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) will continue to operate 136 specimen collection sites throughout the state, and encourages Georgians wanting to be tested for COVID-19 to contact their local health department to schedule an appointment.

During the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Georgia National Guard and Augusta University joined DPH in its testing efforts by providing a web-based screening and scheduling platform and additional specimen collection sites. To date, more than 44,000 people have been tested at AU Health and partnered sites.  

“This partnership with the Guard and Augusta University was invaluable to the COVID-19 response in Georgia,” said Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., Georgia Department of Public Health commissioner. “We are grateful for their service to all Georgians, and for the support and capacity they provided DPH to increase testing for COVID-19.”

The Guard will continue to provide staffing and logistical help at DPH specimen collection sites, as well as its mission of assisting DPH with testing residents and staff in long-term care facilities. Augusta University will provide ongoing specimen collections at its two sites in the Augusta area; Christenberry Fieldhouse in Augusta and Patriot’s Park in Columbia County.

COVID-19 testing is available to all Georgians, whether they have symptoms or not. Individuals wanting to be tested should contact their local health department to schedule an appointment at a location convenient to them. Contact information for local health departments and specimen collection sites can be found on the DPH website at dph.ga.gov. People can also use the AU Health ExpressCare app or call the hotline at 706-721-1852 to be scheduled at a DPH or AU Health-operated location.

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

ABOUT NORTH CENTRAL HEALTH DISTRICT

Welcome to North Central Health District! We exist to monitor and protect the health & well-being of the residents of our 13-county health district. These counties include: Baldwin, Crawford, Hancock, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Macon-Bibb, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Twiggs, Washington, & Wilkinson.
COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS
Baldwin County Health Department
Baldwin County Health Department

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953 Barrows Ferry Road, Milledgeville - Contact the health department at 478-445-4274

Crawford County Health Department
Crawford County Health Department

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141 McCrary Avenue, Roberta - Contact the health department at 478-836-3167

Hancock County Health Department
Hancock County Health Department

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516 Boland Street, Sparta - Contact the health department at 706-444-6616

Houston County Health Department
Houston County Health Department

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98 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins - Contact the health department at 478-218-2000

Jasper County Health Department
Jasper County Health Department

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825 Eatonton Street, Monticello - Contact the health department at 706-468-6850

Jones County Health Department
Jones County Health Department

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114 Forest Avenue, Gray - Contact the health department at 478-986-3164

Macon-Bibb County Health Department
Macon-Bibb County Health Department

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171 Emery Highway, Macon - Contact the health department at 478-745-0411

Monroe County Health Department
Monroe County Health Department

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106 MLK Jr. Drive, Forsyth - Contact the health department at 478-992-5083

Peach County Health Department
Peach County Health Department

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406 E. Church Street, Fort Valley - Contact the health department at 478-825-6939

Putnam County Health Department
Putnam County Health Department

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117 Putnam Drive, Ste. C, Eatonton - Contact the health department at 706-485-8591

Twiggs County Health Department
Twiggs County Health Department

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26 Main Street, Jeffersonville - Contact the health department at 478-945-3351

Washington County Health Department
Washington County Health Department

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201 Morningside Dr., Sandersville - Contact the health department at 478-552-3210

Wilkinson County Health Department
Wilkinson County Health Department

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123 High Hill Street, Irwinton - Contact the health department at 478-946-2226

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