SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Efforts to increase widespread testing for COVID-19 continue in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry. With many telehealth options and mobile clinics available, health officials encourage everyone to get tested, symptomatic, or not.

From free testing events to COVID-19 hotlines, WSAV.com NOW has gathered the information you need to know. Wondering what testing entails? Visit here for a firsthand account of the process.

You do not have to be experiencing them to get tested but symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Possible symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control, include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or run nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea.

Free testing

First responders

First responders can go to any specimen points of collection in Georgia, show their official ID and get tested. A list of locations is available online. Officials say there is no need to set up an appointment.

Lowcountry

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is offering weekly testing in Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties.

DHEC-sponsored testing is always no-cost, open to anyone regardless of symptoms, and doesn’t require a referral, although pre-registration is recommended. Visit here to sign up.

Results are available within 72 hours.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Beaufort County Health Department
    • 601 Wilmington Street in Beaufort
    • Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Bluffton Health Clinic
    • 4819 Bluffton Parkway, #132 in Bluffton
    • Monday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Town Hall Municipal Complex
    • 101 Town Circle in Yemassee
    • Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m
  • Hampton County Health Department
    • 531 W. Carolina Avenue in Varnville
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Jasper County Health Department
    • 651 Grays Highway in Ridgeland
    • Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Local hospitals are also offering free, weekly testing. Appointments and doctor’s orders are not required. Again, officials encourage you to pre-register here.

The following sites are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon:

  • Coastal Carolina Hospital (1000 Medical Center Dr. in Hardeeville)
  • Hilton Head Hospital (25 Hospital Center Blvd. on Hilton Head Island)

Beaufort Memorial hosts testing every Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. behind the Beaufort Memorial Medical and Administrative Center (990 Ribaut Road).

Testing is on a first-come, first-served basis. A physician’s order is not required but participants are encouraged to bring two copies of the COVID-19 testing form to the testing event. Blank forms will also be available on site.

Savannah

The Coastal Health District offers several opportunities for free COVID-19 testing. Anyone can be tested for free regardless of symptoms.

The district’s COVID-19 Testing Call center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Call 1-912-230-9744 with questions or for test results.

Testing in Chatham County is now available by appointment only for both drive-thru and walk-ups. There are two options to schedule:

The testing schedule remains the same. Still, every Wednesday, the district will be targeting a specific area of Chatham County to conduct testing, either where case numbers are highest or where more at-risk residents live. Next event:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 18
  • State Farmer’s Market, 701 US Hwy 80 in Garden City
  • 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Civic Center schedule:

  • Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Closed Wednesday. Staff conducts testing at varying community locations by appointment
  • Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Every first and third Saturday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday schedule: October 3 and 17

No appointment is needed. Cars will be routed into a sheltered cargo area in the center where staff will collect specimens.

The drive-thru will close when line reaches capacity. Visit here for details on the process.

Walk-up testing:

  • Available for anyone without access to a vehicle
  • Limited to 100 people a day
  • No appointment is needed
  • Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and the first and third Saturday of the month
  • Queue begins at 8 a.m. and testing begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Walkers form a line on the Montgomery Street side of Civic Center
  • Masks and 6-feet social distancing required
courtesy Coastal Health District

Statesboro

The City of Statesboro and Bulloch County have partnered with the East Georgia Healthcare Center to provide free COVID-19 testing on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Testing will take place at Luetta Moore Park, located at 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. in Statesboro from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

The Bulloch County Health Department offers testing four other days of the week at 1 West Altman St. in Statesboro:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Schedule a testing appointment online here. The health department can be reached at 855-473-4374.

Coastal Empire

Appointments are needed for the Coastal Health District locations listed below. Call the COVID-19 Testing Call Center at 1-912-230-9744 or schedule a test online.

You cannot schedule a test more than two weeks in advance.

  • Bryan County
    • Richmond Hill
      • Henderson Park, 500 Veterans Memorial Pkwy.
      • Weekly on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to noon
    • Pembroke
      • Bryan County Health Department, 430 Ledford St.
      • Weekly on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to noon
  • Camden County Health Department
    • 905 Dilworth Street in St. Marys
    • Weekly on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to noon
  • Effingham County Health Department
    • 802 Highway 119 South in Springfield
    • Weekly on Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon
  • Glynn County Health Department
    • Parking lot on 2747 4th Street
    • Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Thursday 11:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    • Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Every second and fourth Saturday of the month from 8 to 11 a.m.
  • Liberty County Health Department
    • 1113 East Oglethorpe Highway in Hinesville
    • Weekly on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to noon
  • Long County Health Department
    • 584 North Macon Street in Ludowici
    • Weekly on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to noon
  • McIntosh County Health Department
    • 1335 Georgia Hwy 57 in Townsend
    • Weekly on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to noon

The Southeast Health District offers free COVID-19 testing at the locations below by appointment. Schedule one online here and call 1-855-473-4374 for assistance.

  • Appling County Health Department,
    • 283 Walnut Street in Baxley
    • Monday and Wednesday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Bacon County Health Department
    • 101 North Wayne Street in Alma
    • Mondays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Bulloch County Health Department
    • 1 West Altman Street in Statesboro
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m.
    • Registration may be completed on-site
  • Candler County Health Department
    • 428 North Rountree Street in Metter
    • Thursday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Coffee County Health Department
    • Coffee Regional Medical Center parking lot
    • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m.
    • Registration may be completed on-site
  • Jeff Davis County Health Department
    • 30 East Sycamore Street in Hazlehurst
    • Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Tattnall County Health Department
    • Glennville
      • 1000 North Veterans Boulevard
      • Tuesdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    • Reidsville
      • 200 B South Main Street
      • Mondays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Toombs County Health Department
    • 714 Northwest Broad Street in Lyons
    • Tuesdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    • Registration may be completed on-site
  • Wayne County Health Department
    • 240 Peachtree Street in Jesup
    • Tuesdays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

WSAV has only included testing information for county health departments in our viewing region. For a full list, visit here.

Rapid testing

St. Joseph’s/Candler Urgent Care is now offering 15-minute rapid COVID-19 tests at locations in southeast Georgia and Bluffton, SC.

For self-pay patients, it will cost $160 and includes an exam. Most insurances will cover the entire cost of the test.

To learn more about COVID-19 safety and testing recommendations, visit sjcurgentcare.com.

CVS testing

CVS Health is opening additional test sites at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations in Georgia.

Patients must legally reside in the state where the test is given and be 18 years of age or older. There should be no out-of-pocket costs for insured patients.

Patients will be required to stay in their cars and will be directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window or a location in the parking lot at a few stores, where they will be provided with a test kit and given instructions.

All tests must be scheduled and are available the same day or up to two days in advance, depending on availability. Visit here to make an appointment.

The following sites are open locally:

  • CVS Pharmacy, 712 Stephenson Avenue, Savannah, GA 31405
  • CVS Pharmacy, 5401 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31406
  • CVS Pharmacy, 5690 Ogeechee Road, Savannah, GA 31405
  • CVS Pharmacy, 2324 US Highway 17, Richmond Hill, GA 31324

Opening Friday, June 12:

  • CVS Pharmacy, 19 East Parker Street, Baxley, GA 31513
  • CVS Pharmacy, 5421 New Jesup Highway, Brunswick, GA 31523
  • CVS Pharmacy, 348 West Pine Street, Jesup, GA 31545
  • CVS Pharmacy, 441 Fair Road, Statesboro, GA 30458

Virtual screening

Many health systems are offering free, virtual screening appointments, 24/7.

Augusta University Health ExpressCare, often promoted by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, is available online or in the app store (Google Play and Apple). Users simply choose a medical provider and start a video visit from the comfort of their home.

Several South Carolina health systems are offering telehealth options to the public.

The Medical University of South Carolina Health Virtual Urgent Care is among the health systems in the Palmetto State offering telehealth options. To access a free consult for the virus, simply log on and use the promo code COVID19.

Care from a provider is also available by video chat via Beaufort Memorial Hospital Care Anywhere.

More options

For Lowcountry residents, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has provided an interactive map and database of known locations of various COVID-19 test sampling sites. Visit here and search by city or county.

Anyone with general questions about the virus can call the DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily.

The Georgia Department of Public Health has a COVID-19 hotline available at 844-442-2681.

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