DPH Urges Georgians NOT to Go to Hospital Emergency Departments for COVID Testing


Atlanta – To help keep hospital emergency departments open to treat medical emergencies, individuals seeking COVID testing should not go to hospital emergency departments, unless they are experiencing severe COVID-19 symptoms requiring urgent medical attention. Asymptomatic individuals or individuals with mild symptoms should find testing sites other than hospital emergency departments.

COVID-19 testing locations are available throughout Georgia and can be found on the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) website at https://dph.georgia.gov/covidtesting. We are working with our lab partners to expand testing hours and add testing sites, however, lines will continue to be long as thousands of Georgians want to get tested.

To help alleviate delays at testing sites, it is critical that people register BEFORE going to a DPH test site. Online registration (https://dph.georgia.gov/covidtesting) will help alleviate back-ups at test sites and free up staff to do more testing if they aren’t doing registration paperwork.

COVID vaccination is available statewide and is our best tool for ending this pandemic and reducing the overwhelming strain on the healthcare system and healthcare providers. To find a COVID vaccination location, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine. Georgians aged 5 and older are eligible for vaccination. Georgians 16 and older are eligible for boosters six months after completing their primary vaccine series of either Moderna or Pfizer (only Pfizer is authorized for booster doses in 16- and 17- year-olds) and two months after their J&J vaccine.

Basic prevention measures should also be followed to help prevent further spread of COVID and mitigate outbreaks of infection, especially in public settings: wear a mask, physically distance, and wash your hands frequently with soap and water.

For updates on COVID-19, follow @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Twitter and @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Facebook.

Free drive-up Covid-19 testing is available at the following Northwest Georgia locations.  Please go online and register beforehand to save time for yourself and others. This does not schedule an appointment but allows you to complete required paperwork beforehand.

For online registration:

Bartow and Catoosa test sites: https://mako.exchange/splash/GAmakotesting/

Floyd test site: https://honumg.info/LTSGA011

Paulding test site: https://honumg.info/LTSGA005

Bartow County

LakePointe Sports Complex

261 Stars Way

Emerson, GA

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Catoosa County

The Colonnade

264 Catoosa Circle

Ringgold, GA

Mondays and Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Floyd County

Coosa Valley Fairgrounds

1400 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd.

Rome, GA

Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Paulding County

WellStar Paulding Hospital (Urgent Care Center)

120 Greystone Power Blvd.

Dallas, GA

Monday through Friday 10 a.m. t