Chatham County residents can now get a drive-through COVID19 test for free

Coronavirus Testing

The Chatham County Health Department is expanding its COVID-19 testing program, now offering appointments on Sunday afternoons at its drive-through specimen collection site in Savannah. Appointments are available 7 days a week.

You do need an appointment for testing, but the process is simple – just call the Coastal Health District COVID-19 Testing Call Center for a brief telephone screening. If you meet the criteria, you’ll be referred for a test, and can often get an appointment the same day. The Testing Call Center number is 1-912-230-9744, and the center takes calls Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The specimen collection site in Savannah has seen an increase in demand for testing this week, with as many as 200 clients in just one day. More than 1500 specimens have been collected for testing at the Chatham County site since it opened in mid-March.

The criteria for COVID-19 testing was recently broadened, and now most people will qualify for a free test through the health department.

To adequately staff the Chatham County specimen collection site, the Health Department will shift most clinical services from two locations to one. The midtown clinic at 1602 Drayton Street will temporarily discontinue general clinic services and immunizations, and those appointments will be shifted to the clinic at 1395 Eisenhower Drive. The clinic on Eisenhower Drive is located on an established bus route with Chatham Area Transit for individuals without transportation.

All Health Department services are currently by appointment only. If you need an appointment for something other than COVID-19 testing in Chatham County, call 912-356-2441.


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