New system for Savannah Civic Center COVID-19 testing to launch on Jan. 18

Anyone requesting a test must pre-register, but no appointment will be necessary

click to enlarge New system for Savannah Civic Center COVID-19 testing to launch on Jan. 18
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The Chatham County Health Department's COVID-19 testing site at the Savannah Civic Center, pictured on Jan. 14.
To assist the Chatham County Health Department with expanding its ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic, a new system for COVID-19 testing will be launched at the Savannah Civic Center beginning on Monday, Jan. 18, according to a Coastal Health District announcement.

Beginning Monday, operations at the Civic Center testing site will be taken over by Mako Medical, a North Carolina-based company contracted by the Georgia Department of Health to provide testing services. According to the CHD statement issued on Jan. 14, this shift will result in freeing up health department staff and resources to focus on COVID-19 vaccinations.

Under the new system, anyone requesting a test through Chatham County’s public-health system must pre-register through Mako Medical, but will not be assigned a specific date or time; registered individuals can come to the Civic Center at their convenience to take the COVID-19 test.

According to the statement, health insurance will be billed for anyone with coverage, but no out-of-pocket charges will apply, and anyone without health insurance will not be turned away.

Registration for COVID-19 tests at the Savannah Civic Center can be arranged by visiting, or further assistance is available by calling 912-230-9744 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

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