SGMC reopens drive-thru COVID-19 testing
VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) - South Georgia Medical Center (SGMC) has reopened their drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at the Smith Northview campus to provide area residents convenient access to testing.
The drive-thru is at 4280 North Valdosta Road and is available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
SGMC officials said they have seen a significant increase in the demand for testing in recent weeks, testing upwards of 800 people daily. The hospital also says, unfortunately, COVID-19 positivity rates are also increasing, reaching the highest rate since the pandemic started at 43.77% on Jan. 1.
Last week, the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) issued a statement discouraging the use of emergency centers for asymptomatic testing.
SGMC said they continue to see a rise in hospitalized COVID-19 patients, reporting 27 on Monday.
According to its latest testing report on Monday, 51 percent of those testing positive were between the ages of 19-39.
COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters are also available at the SGMC Smith Northview campus Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. You can schedule an appointment for vaccines or call (229) 433-1068.
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