SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – From free testing events to COVID-19 hotlines, WSAV 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 runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea.

Free testing

The Georgia Department of Public Health has a COVID-19 hotline available at 844-442-2681. To find a testing site near you, visit one of the following links:

For Lowcountry residents, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control 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.

Pop-up events

  • Bluffton: Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tanger Outlet (1414 Fording Island Rd.) in white tents behind H&M
  • Ridgeland: Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Jasper County Health Department (651 Grays Hwy.)
  • Hilton Head: Every Monday, through Nov. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Fire Station 4 (400 Squire Pope Road)
  • Savannah: Saturday, Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church (1008 May Street)

Coastal Health District

CHD’s COVID-19 Testing Call Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1-912-230-9744 for any questions.

Savannah/Chatham County:

Testing is regularly available through CHD at the Savannah Civic Center (301 West Oglethorpe Ave.).

An appointment is not required for testing at the Civic Center but for faster service, pre-registration can be completed on Mako Medical’s website. The North Carolina-based company is contracted with the Georgia Department of Public Health, which oversees CHD.

The Savannah Civic Center schedule is as follows:

  • Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. or until site has reached daily capacity
  • Every first and third Saturday of each month: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Closed Sundays

For drive-thru testing, cars will be routed into a sheltered cargo area in the center where staff will collect specimens. The line will close when it reaches capacity. Visit here for details on the process.

courtesy Coastal Health District

Brunswick/Glynn County:

CHD offers testing on Kemble Avenue in the parking lot across from the Emergency Care Center of Southeast Georgia Health System.

  • Appointments are not required but online pre-registration is recommended to receive faster service at the site
  • Site may close early because of excessive heat/extreme weather.
  • Open Monday through Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or until site has reached daily capacity
  • Closed Sundays

Hinesville/Liberty County:

The Coastal Health District’s new drive-thru site is now open in Hinesville.

  • Appointments are not required but online pre-registration is recommended to receive faster service at the site
  • James Brown Park, 800 Tupelo Trail
  • Open Monday through Friday: 8:30 am. to 1:30 p.m. or until site has reached daily capacity
  • Site may close early because of excessive heat/extreme weather.

St. Marys/Camden County:

  • Health Department, 905 Dilworth Street
  • Appointments are not required but online pre-registration is recommended to receive faster service at the site
  • Site may close early because of excessive heat/extreme weather.
  • Hours:
    • Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or until site has reached daily capacity
    • Thursdays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or until site has reached daily capacity

Springfield/Effingham County:

  • 459 Highway 119 South, across from the west entrance to the hospital
  • Enter the hospital campus off First Street to access the testing site
  • Appointments are not required but online pre-registration is recommended to receive faster service at the site
  • Site may close early because of excessive heat/extreme weather.
  • Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or until site has reached daily capacity

Southeast Health District

In the Southeast Health District, residents are asked to call 1-855-473-4374 to schedule a testing appointment.

Mako Medical, a North Carolina-based company contracted with the Georgia Department of Public Health, has taken over operations for two counties in the Southeast Health District:

  • Bulloch County
    • Downtown Statesboro in the parking lot located on the East Side of Railroad Street between Hill St and Courtland St. White drive-thru tent.
    • Last Saturday of the month from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
  • Coffee County
    • Coffee Regional Medical Center (1101 Ocilla Rd. in Douglas)
    • Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
    • First Saturday of the month from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

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.

Explore all testing locations online here. The health department locations are as follows:

  • Beaufort County Health Department
    • 601 Wilmington Street in Beaufort
    • Typically open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Hampton County Health Department
    • 531 W. Carolina Avenue in Varnville
    • Monday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Jasper County Health Department
    • 651 Grays Highway in Ridgeland
    • Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Town of Yemassee is hosting two more COVID-19 testing events at the Yemassee Community Center (10 Mixon St.).

The remaining testing events are scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 7 and Monday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 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.

Rapid testing

St. Joseph’s/Candler Urgent Care offers 15-minute rapid COVID-19 tests at the locations listed below.

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

  • Savannah:
    • 361 Commercial Drive
    • (912) 355-6221
  • Pooler:
    • 101 St. Joseph’s/Candler Drive, Suite 100
    • (912) 737-2250
    • NOTE: COVID testing is not available at the Canal Street SJ/C Urgent Care location in Pooler
  • Rincon:
    • 5621 Hwy 21 South
    • (912) 295-5860
  • Bluffton:
    • 3 Progressive Street
    • (843) 548-0533
  • Hinesville:
    • 780 East Oglethorpe Highway
    • (912) 385-0801
  • Statesboro
    • 1096 Bermuda Run Road
    • (912) 871-5150

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

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