The cumulative number of reported cases in the West Central Health District is 9,480. The number of cases in the last two weeks is 1,244. The number of deaths from the virus currently stands at 280.
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For more information, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report.
The West Central Health District has established a COVID-19 Call Center, 706-321-6300, Option 1. The District also has a toll-free number for COVID-19 information, 1-855-962-0955. After the recording, callers may leave a message which will be returned within 24 hours.
Anyone wishing to be tested should register by visiting www.westcentralhealthdistrict.com or calling 706-321-6300, Option 1. All persons to be tested must be Georgia residents, but they do not have to be symptomatic. Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
Fever Chills Headache
Cough Nausea Diarrhea
Muscle Pain Sore Throat Congestion or runny nose
Shortness of Breath Repeated Shaking with Chills New Loss of Taste or Smell
Elderly individuals and those with chronic medical conditions have increased risk for COVID-19.
When to get tested:
If a person has been exposed (in close contact for more than 15 minutes) to someone who tested positive for Covid-19, but does not have symptoms, that person should remain in quarantine for 14 days, and wait at least 10 days to be tested. If a person is symptomatic, or symptoms begin before day 10, then that person should be tested at that time. Please note that even if your test results are negative, you still must remain in quarantine for the entire 14 days.
Testing is held Monday through Friday, from 7:00 am to 11:00 am, in the parking lot behind the former Columbus Health Department, on 11th Avenue and Center Street. Saturday, August 22nd, testing will be from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. There is no charge for testing at any location. Due to the number of individuals to be tested, wait times may vary at all locations.
Other County Health Departments offer drive-thru collection, *weather permitting*:
|Chattahoochee Cusseta||Tuesday and Thursday
Every other Monday
|10:00 am to 12:00 pm||706-989-3663|
|Wednesday||10:00 am to 12:00 pm||229-768-2355|
|Crisp- off site-
J.R Dowdy Building, 1129 N 5th Street, Cordele
|Monday, Wednesday, Friday
|8:30 am to 11:00 am||229-276-2680|
|Monday – Friday||8:30 am to 12:30 pm||229-268-4725|
|Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday||9:00 am to 11:30 am||706-628-5037|
|Tuesday and Thursday||8:30 am to 10:30 am||478-472-8121|
|Monday and Wednesday||9:00 am to 12:00 pm||229-649-5664|
|Tuesday||10:00 am to 12:00 pm||229-334-3697|
|Monday, Thursday, Friday||10:00 am to 12:00 pm||229-732-2414|
|Monday and Tuesday||9:00 am to 11:00 am||229-937-2208|
|Wednesday and Friday||10:00 am to 12:00 pm||229-838-4859|
|Monday, Wednesday, and Friday||9:00 am to 11:00 am||229-924-3637|
|Monday and Wednesday||8:30 am to 11:00 am||706-786-6410|
|Tuesday, Thursday, Friday||9:00 am to 11:00 am||478-862-5628|
|Monday||9:00 am to 12:00 pm 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm||229-828-3225|
Be sure to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room, or urgent care center if you have been exposed to someone with the virus, and if you have symptoms.
We urge all individuals to practice these prevention measures:
- Wear a mask or cloth face covering when you go to a store, office, or public place.
- Remember social distancing: six feet between you and the person closest to you.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
For more information, people may call our COVID-19 call center at 706-321-6300, or visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html or www.westcentralhealthdistrict.com.
Public Relations/Information Coordinator
West Central Health District
2100 Comer Avenue
Columbus, Georgia 31904
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