Public health is going to conduct a second day of weekend COVID-19 testing in Grady County. The Southwest Public Health District will hold a specimen collection here on Sunday, by appointment only.
Individuals who want to be tested can contact the call center from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to determine if they are eligible for an appointment. The call center hotline is (229) 352-6567.
This free service is available by appointment to individuals in the following categories, regardless of county of residence:
• Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19
• Adults age 60 or older
• Caregiver for elderly (age 60 or older)
• Caregiver for immune compromised person
• First responder who is critical to the epidemic response
• Healthcare worker
• Patient with serious chronic medical condition such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease
• Immune compromised patients
• Anyone who works or lives in congregate setting
• Employees who need testing to return to work
Testing is also taking place in other counties in Southwest Georgia. This week, specimen collection is available through Saturday in Dougherty and Thomas counties; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in Mitchell County; Thursday and Sunday in Terrell County; Saturday in Decatur County; and Sunday in Grady County, said Dr. Charles Ruis, District Health Director for Southwest Public Health District 8-2.
Public Health workers conducted the first specimen collection in Grady County last Saturday, and 55 people were tested, according to Karen Snyder, public information officer for the health district. Results of the test take approximately five days before they are known.