All Georgians can be tested for COVID-19 (coronavirus) — with or without symptoms.

Testing for COVID-19 is free from health departments and other state government providers. Many private labs are also providing free testing due to a provision in the federal CARES Act. However, some testing locations require you to pay for the test, so before scheduling your appointment, be sure to ask whether it is free. 

Please note that this page does not provide information about getting tested for antibodies to COVID-19. To find out more about antibody testing, also known as serology testing, please visit the CDC website.

 

  • Determine if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19

    • Symptoms of COVID-19 can be wide ranging but most commonly include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or muscle pain. Symptoms commonly appear 2-14 days after exposure.
    • If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please do not show up unannounced at a testing location, an emergency room, or health care facility. In the event of an emergency call 9-1-1.
    • For more information, please call the State of Georgia COVID-19 hotline at 844-442-2681.
    • You can be tested for COVID-19 even if you are not showing symptoms.
     
  • Schedule an appointment

    To limit the spread of COVID-19, all testing locations require that you schedule an appointment to get tested, whether or not you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. You may not show up unannounced. There are several ways to schedule an appointment.

    • Book an appointment online with the Georgia Department of Public Health
      1. Go to the DPH's COVID-19 Test Scheduling Site
      2. Answer the COVID-19 screening questionnaire
      3. Choose a test center
      4. Schedule a time for your test
      5. Confirm your appointment
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    • Contact your doctor or another health care provider
      1. Contact your personal physician or, if you do not have a personal physician but still want to be tested privately, reach out to an urgent care center or similar health care facility in your area.
      2. Consult with the provider’s representative.
      3. Ask if there is an out-of-pocket cost for the test.
      4. Schedule your appointment with the provider.
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    • Contact your local health department
      1. Find the contact information for the public health department in your area on the DPH website.
      2. Call during Direct Patient lines operating hours:
        • Mon - Fri - 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
        • Sat - 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
        • Sun - Closed 
      3. Consult with a public health department representative.
      4. Ask if there is an out-of-pocket cost for the test.
      5. Schedule a test at any state-designated testing location.
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    • Use the free AU Health ExpressCare telemedicine app (24/7 assistance)
      1. Get the free AU Health ExpressCare app.
      2. Create an account.
      3. Log in to your account.
      4. Consult with an Augusta University Health representative.
      5. Ask if there is an out-of-pocket cost for the test.
      6. Schedule a test at any state-designated testing location.
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    • Contact Augusta University Health (24/7 assistance)
      1. Augusta University Health is available to provide assistance anytime, day or night.
      2. Create an account.
      3. Log in to your account.
      4. Consult with an Augusta University Health representative.
      5. Ask if there is an out-of-pocket cost for the test.
      6. Schedule a test at any state-designated testing location.
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  • Get tested

    • When you show up for your test, you must be wearing a face mask.
    • The test will only take a few seconds to complete.
    • There are two different ways the test is conducted, depending on where you go:
      • A technician will insert a swab up one of your nostrils to collect a sample
      • A technician will provide you with a swab and instruct you on how to collect a sample yourself
     
  • Next steps