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South Georgia Medical Center opens drive-thru for COVID-19 testing

Posted at 5:26 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 17:26:10-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — As of Monday, there are at least three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lowndes County, and the South Georgia Medical Center started its first day of free, drive-thru screenings.

If you go to be tested, they'll ask about your travel history, if you have a fever, along with checking things like your vital signs.

Once they have that information, they will decide if a nasal swab need to be collected, similar to the test for the flu. That way, they can determine what is causing their symptoms.

From there, they will decide if the person needs to be tested for COVID-19.

The hospital say with the stress of the virus, they hope this helps bring people some relief.

"There's been a great deal of anxiety within the community as a whole and I think in the public elsewhere as well about COVID19," said Dr. Brian Dawson,the chief medical officer at SGMC. "We want to make sure we put a process in place quickly so that we can evaluate those patients who may meet the criteria for Covid19 testing."

During Monday's drive-thru testing, the hospital says at least two other people are now in need of further evaluation.

The drive-thru testing is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.