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West Central Health District COVID-19 Update for Friday 4/10 at 1:00pm

From:  West Central Health District.  Friday April 10, 2020 1:00pm COVID-19 Update.

Currently, there are 634 cases in the West Central Health District.

Chattahoochee 3 Quitman 4
Clay 15 Randolph 98
Crisp 61 Schley 12
Dooly 35 Stewart 6
Harris 17 Sumter 211
Macon 18 Talbot 9
Marion 9 Taylor 6
Muscogee 127 Webster 3

For information of recorded deaths visit https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report.

The West Central Health District has established a toll-free number for COVID-19 information.

After the recording, callers may leave a message which will be returned within 24 hours. 

                                                              1-855-962-0955

To be tested, individuals must be Georgia residents, and meet CDC guidelines.  People are encouraged to call 706-321-6300 before arriving at the drive-thru site. Specimen collection is held Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon behind the Columbus Health Department at 2100 Comer Ave.

Friday collection will not be held in the counties, except for Columbus and Crisp County in Cordele.

Specimen collection is available in the following counties:

Clay County – Wednesday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, while supplies last and weather permitting.  Please call 229-768-2355 to be screened.

Crisp County – Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Friday from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm while supplies last and weather permitting.  Collection site is the J.R Dowdy Building, 1129 N 5th St., Cordele.

Dooly County – Monday through Thursday from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm, by appointment only, while supplies last and weather permitting.

Harris County – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, while supplies last and weather permitting.

Macon County – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, while supplies last and weather permitting.  Please call 478-472-8121 to be screened. 

Marion County – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, while supplies last and weather permitting.

Quitman County – Tuesday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, while supplies last and weather permitting. Please call 229-334-3697 to be screened.

Randolph County – Monday, Thursday and Friday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, while supplies last and weather permitting. Please call 229-732-2414 to be screened.

Schley County – Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, while supplies last and weather permitting.

Sumter County – Monday through Friday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, by appointment only, while supplies last and weather permitting. Please call 229-924-3637 to be screened. Limited routine services during screening time.

Talbot County – Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, while supplies last and weather permitting.

Taylor County – Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, while supplies last and weather permitting.

Webster County – Thursday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and Friday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, while supplies last and weather permitting.

If you have recently been in an area with ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 and develop fever with cough and shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel, or if you had contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, stay home and call your health care provider for evaluation and testing.  Individuals who have mild symptoms should self-quarantine for 14 days.  If residents have no provider or no insurance, please contact your local health department for guidance.  

Be sure to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room, or urgent care center and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.  Physicians can assess their patients using the CDC criteria and their contracted laboratory.

Elderly people and individuals with chronic medical conditions may be have increased risk for COVID-19. We urge all individuals to practice these prevention measures:

  • Stay home. Only go out for essential needed items. If you do, practice social distancing of at least six feet between you and the person closes to you. Wear a mask or cloth face covering.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html.