The Coastal Health District is expanding its COVID-19 testing program by opening a specimen collection site in Richmond Hill. The site will offer free testing by appointment 7 days a week, beginning Wednesday, May 6, a spokeswoman said.
The Health District is partnering with local urgent care provider Expercare to establish the new testing center, according to CHD risk communicator Ginger Heidel.
The drive-through specimen collection site will be located at Expercare Urgent Care in Richmond Hill. COVID-19 testing is by appointment only, and appointments at this location are available 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
To schedule an appointment, call the Coastal Health District COVID-19 Testing Call Center at 912-230-9744 for a brief telephone screening. If you are eligible for testing, you will then receive a call back with an appointment time, often on the same day.
Anyone with symptoms qualifies for a test. Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.
Many individuals without symptoms will also qualify, including healthcare workers, first responders, any critical infrastructure workers, and people who work or live in group care settings.
There is no cost for COVID-19 testing through this or any public health specimen collection site.