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

A pair of local hospitals are now offering free, weekly testing, thanks to a partnership between Hilton Head Regional Healthcare and the South Carolina Department of Health and Control.

Appointments and doctor’s orders are not required. The 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)

Participants are asked to have a valid e-mail address. Test results will typically be e-mailed within 72 hours.

DHEC is sponsoring other drive-thru testing events at no cost. An appointment or referral isn’t required, but preregistration is recommended.

  • Saturday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Beaufort County Health Department (601 Wilmington St. in Beaufort)
  • Thursday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Yemassee Municipal Complex (101 Town Cir. in Yemassee)

Some of the following events may require a prescreening for symptoms, a referral, or an appointment. Visit scdhec.gov/covid19testing for more information.

  • Saturday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Agape Family Life Center (5855 S. Okatie Hwy in Hardeeville)
  • Sept. 14 – 18, Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. – sponsored by Hilton Head Regional Hospital (70 Wilburn Rd. on Hilton Head Island)
  • September 14 – 18, Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Coastal Carolina Hospital (1000 Medical Center Dr. in Hardeeville)
  • Sept. 16, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Port Royal Medical Pavillion (1680 Ribaut Rd. in Port Royal)

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.

The Chatham County Health Department’s COVID-19 testing site is located at the Savannah Civic Center (301 West Oglethorpe Ave.) downtown and offers two ways to get tested.

Drive-thru testing:

  • No appointment is needed
  • Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Open the first and third Saturday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Cars will be routed into a sheltered cargo area in the center where staff will collect specimens
  • 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 through 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 Tuesday before noon
    • Pembroke
      • Bryan County Health Department, 430 Ledford St.
      • Weekly on Wednesday Friday before noon
  • Camden County
    • Camden County Health Department, 905 Dilworth Street in St. Marys
    • Weekly on Tuesday and Thursday before noon
  • Effingham County
    • Effingham County Health Department, 802 Highway 119 South in Springfield
    • Weekly on Wednesday and Friday before noon
  • Glynn County
    • Glynn County Health Department parking lot, 2747 4th Street
    • Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Thursday 12 to 7 p.m.
    • Friday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Every second and fourth Saturday of the month from 8 to 11 a.m.
  • Liberty County
    • Liberty County Health Department, 1113 East Oglethorpe Highway in Hinesville
    • Weekly on Wednesday and Friday before noon
  • Long County
    • Long County Health Department, 584 North Macon Street in Ludowici
    • Weekly on Tuesday and Thursday before noon
  • McIntosh County
    • McIntosh County Health Department, 1335 Georgia Hwy 57 in Townsend
    • Weekly on Tuesday and Thursday before noon

The Southeast Health District offers free COVID-19 testing at select locations. Schedule an appointment online here.

  • Bulloch County
    • Bulloch County Health Department, 1 West Altman Street in Statesboro
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    • Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Coffee County
    • Coffee Regional Medical Center parking lot
    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to noon
    • Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Toombs County
    • Toombs County Health Department, 714 Northwest Broad Street in Lyons
    • Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon

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.

Residents in the Southeast Health District should call 1-855-473-4374 for assistance. The district serves a number of counties including Appling, Bacon, Bulloch, Candler, Coffee, Evans, Jeff Davis, Tattnall, Toombs and Wayne counties.

The Coastal Health District’s direct patient lines are also open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Residents can call the following numbers to be screened for the virus and referred if needed:

  • Bryan County: 912-756-2611 (Richmond Hill)
  • Bryan County: 912-653-4331 (Pembroke)
  • Camden County: 912-882-8515 ext. 215
  • Chatham County: 912-356-2441
  • Effingham County: 912-754-6484
  • Glynn County: 912-264-3961 – Opt. 5
  • Liberty County: 912-876-2173
  • Long County: 912-545-2107
  • McIntosh County: 912-832-5473

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