COVID-19 Preparedness & Response

COVID-19 Testing

If you are interested in receiving FREE COVID-19 testing through public health please contact your local health department.

Contact your local health department at:

  • Ben Hill County:  229-426-5288
  • Berrien County:  229-686-5411
  • Brooks County:  229-263-7585
  • Cook County:  229-896-3030
  • Echols County:  229-559-5103
  • Irwin County:  229-238-9540
  • Lanier County:  229-482-3294
  • Lowndes County:   229-333-5257
  • Tift County:  229-386-8373
  • Turner County:  229-238-9595

Health department hours of operation:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

If calling after hours please call our hotline at


The hotline is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

CLICK HERE: Statewide list of COVID-19 testing direct patient lines

COVID-19 Questions? Call Our Hotline:


COVID-19 Daily Status Report

To receive the most recent total case counts for any county in Georgia, please refer to the Georgia Department of Public Health Daily Status Update map at

This map updates daily at 3 p.m.

Press Releases

General Information:

COVID-19 Screening Tool

General Guidance for Cloth Face Coverings

Get Your Home Ready

Printable Resources:

EPA Approved Disinfectants

Printable Hand Washing Fact Sheets

Resources for Sick Individuals:

What To Do if You Are Sick

Caring for Yourself at Home

Caring for Someone at Home

Disinfecting your home if someone is sick

Business Resources:

Guidance for Businesses in Preparing for COVID-19

Guidance for Child Care Programs

School Resources:

CDC Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Printable Hand Washing Materials for Schools/Daycare

Interim Guidance for Higher Education and Colleges

University System of Georgia Guidance

Healthcare Facility Resources:

CDC guidance update about critical infrastructure workers

CDC guidance about specimen testing

CDC guidance about N95 reuse and decontamination

UPDATED Interim Guidance for Clinicians Evaluating, Reporting and Requesting Diagnostic Testing for Possible COVID-19 Cases

Evaluating and Reporting Persons Under Investigation

Steps Healthcare Facilities Can Take

Healthcare Professional Preparedness Checklist

Hospital Preparedness Assessment Tool

Interim Infection Control Recommendations

Guidance for Retirement Communities/Independent Living:

Guidance for Retirement Communities and Independent Living

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Retirement Communities and Independent Living Facilities (Interim Guidance)

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Checklist: Older Persons

Strategies for Long-Term Care Facilities

Community/Faith Based Resources:

Checklist for Community and Faith Leaders

Disinfecting Your Facility if Someone is Sick

Checklist for Community and Faith Leaders

Preparing Communities for Potential Spread of COVID-19

Interim Guidance for Community – and Faith-Based Organizations

Interim Guidance for Gatherings and Community Events

Precautions for Election Polling Locations

First Responder Resources:

Resources for First Responders

Interim Guidance for EMS Systems

Information for Law Enforcement Personnel

Dialysis Facility Resources:

CDC Guidance for Dialysis Facilities

Correctional Facility Resources:

Traveler Resources:

After Travel Guidance 

Guidance for those experiencing homelessness

Interim guidance for homeless service providers to plan and respond to coronavirus disease 2019 

Disinfecting Your Facility if Someone is Sick

Interim Guidance for Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) among People Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness

Screening clients for respiratory infection symptoms

Important Links: