By Joe Johnson
The Northeast Health District is offering COVID-19 and influenza PCR testing at kiosks at five locations throughout the district. These kiosks offer access to testing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
After completing a brief registration form, the kiosks dispense two test kits – one for COVID testing and the other for influenza (types A and B). The kits include a nasal swab and instructions on collecting test specimens. Nasal swabs must be done for each test. Once the specimens are collected, they are safely packaged back into the kits and placed in the kiosk. The specimens are picked up daily and sent to an accredited lab for PCR testing. Individuals will receive notification of their test results by email or text, usually within 48 hours of specimen collection.
These kiosks are located in Athens, Danielsville, Greensboro, Jefferson and Winder:
The Athens kiosk is located at 3500 Atlanta Highway, Athens, GA 30606 (old fire station – entry for parking area is off Mitchell Bridge Road).
The Danielsville kiosk is located at 91 Albany Ave. (parking area near gazebo).
The Greensboro kiosk is located at 1031 Apalachee Ave. (Greene County Health Department).
The Jefferson kiosk is located at 59 Bill Mahaffey La. (Jackson County Tag/Tax Office).
The Winder kiosk is located at 15 Porter Street East (Barrow County Health Department, side entrance on Woodlawn Avenue).
Pre-registration for testing at the kiosks is not required but is available at https://register.testandgo.com/. There is no out-of-pocket cost for the tests provided through a DPH kiosk, but for individuals with insurance, their insurance will be billed.
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COVID and influenza testing are among the many prevention measures that protect you and others by reducing the chances of spreading illness. Vaccination and good respiratory hygiene also help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like COVID and flu:
• Frequent and thorough handwashing with soap and warm water. Alcohol-based gels are the next best thing if you don’t have access to soap and water.
• Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow or arm to help prevent spread of germs.
• Avoid touching your face as germs can get into the body through mucus membranes of the nose, mouth and eyes.
• Stay home from work or school if you’re sick.