July 27 Update

Please see below for today’s update from our district. I will shine some sunshine on this and say we have seen complete recovery in 2 of our outbreak areas, one being the nursing home. Please join me in prayer that we can get the other areas in that category as well. We have had to reopen a few outbreaks that were recovered due to new cases but these places were already well prepared and they responded quickly. I believe I do have the best community partners in Georgia. I hear stories from other counties and I thank God for blessing me with you all daily. I may get frustrated at times because I want us all safe and well but I appreciate you all more than you know. The healthcare partners in Dooly County respond quickly and as a team to see about our community and I am so blessed with that as well. Combined we can see to the needs of our residents.
There will be changes for our testing soon. We have gone to appointment only and we will be changing our days and times but don’t worry, we will still be able to offer free testing to those who need to be tested. I will let you all know as soon as we have confirmed our changes. I will say that it is very important to call our office or go to www.westcentralhealthdistrict.com to preregister. It makes everything go so much smoother and quicker. If you send a message just to me, I am very likely to forget with all that I have going on. Please call the office at 229-268-4725 Option 2 and schedule an appointment. We will get you tested if you call that morning. After lunch it is too hot guys so please try to call in the mornings.
As always, I am here if you need anything. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me through email or phone. I will respond as soon as possible.


Subject: 7/27 Press Release COVID-19 Update


The number of reported cases in the West Central Health District is 7,365.  The number of deaths from the virus currently stands at 229.


County                       Cases     Deaths         County                Cases   Deaths

Chattahoochee 509 1 Quitman 25 1
Clay 69 2 Randolph 235 26
Crisp 348 14 Schley 45 1
Dooly 231 14 Stewart 239 5
Harris 567 14 Sumter 698 55
Macon 161 10 Talbot 121 3
Marion 126 4 Taylor 62 2
Muscogee 3893 75 Webster 36 2


For more information, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report.


The West Central Health District has established 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. The District also has a COVID-19 Call Center; 706-321-6300, Option 1.


Anyone wishing to be tested must 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.  A negative test does not mean your quarantine period is over.  You must remain quarantined for the full 14 days.


Specimen collection 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, July 25th, 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

Monday by appt. only


Fort Gaines

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

Buena Vista

Monday and Wednesday 8:00 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

Every other Monday

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Monday by appt. only



Monday and Wednesday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm 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



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.


Pamela Kirkland


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