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SGMC reopens drive-thru COVID-19 testing

The fountain at the entrance to the main parking lot at South Georgia Medical Center.
The fountain at the entrance to the main parking lot at South Georgia Medical Center.
Published: Jan. 3, 2022 at 3:14 PM EST
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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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