Information about testing and resources for Georgians during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Symptoms of COVID-19
Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or muscle pain. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
The State of Georgia has a COVID-19 hotline you can call at (844) 442-2681.
If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility. In the event of an emergency call 9-1-1.
Anyone Can Get Tested for COVID-19
On May 7, Governor Kemp announced that, in accordance with new CDC guidance, the Department of Public Health and district offices are now encouraging all Georgians — whether or not they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 — to schedule an appointment with their healthcare provider, local health department, or get a screening through the AU Health ExpressCare app.
You can find the contact information for the public health department in your area on the DPH website. Please note that Direct Patient lines are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, Monday through Friday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays. They are closed on Sundays. In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1.
AU Health ExpressCare App
Augusta Health University has launched a free, user-friendly telemedicine app that gives Georgians 24/7 access to physicians and advanced practice providers from Augusta University Health and the Medical College of Georgia. Any Georgian, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, can log onto the AU Health ExpressCare app to schedule a test at any state-designated testing location. Your healthcare information will be securely transmitted to your designated testing site. You can access the app by visiting AugustaHealth.org or by downloading AU Health ExpressCare on your smartphone. You can also call 706-721-1852 for assistance anytime, day or night.
To help expand access to COVID-19 testing, Georgia has set up numerous drive-thru COVID-19 testing locations throughout the state. Also, on April 26, Governor Kemp announced that Georgia is partnering with Walmart, eTrueNorth, and state and local officials to set up a mobile testing unit to serve Augusta, Milledgeville, Tifton, and the surrounding regions on a rotating basis. You can make an appointment to get tested via this mobile unit — whether or not you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 — by visiting DoINeedaCOVID19Test.com. On-site scheduling will also be available.