Health: More than 38,000 tests by Public Health in Northwest Georgia since mid March; this month, nearly 4,100 in Floyd, 4,600 in Bartow. Where to get free tests.

Health: More than 38,000 tests by Public Health in Northwest Georgia since mid March; this month, nearly 4,100 in Floyd, 4,600 in Bartow. Where to get free tests.

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A random check at midday Friday of three testing sites in Greater Rome found mixed results. Stops between 11 a.m. and 12:50 p.m. saw one car preparing to enter Floyd Medical Center’s appointment-only pre-op testing area, two to five cars at Redmond Urgent Care off Turner McCall (11 a.m. and 12:50 p.m. checks), and two cars awaiting tests at the Public Health testing site off Shorter Avenue at West Rome Baptist Church.

We later checked with Logan Boss of the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Northwest District to get a more detailed look at COVID-19 testing.

Since testing began in mid-March through July 15, the Northwest District had collected 37,760 specimens from all its sites in the 10-county service area. Roughly 25 percent were from Floyd County (West Rome Baptist Church)  and 25 percent were from Bartow County (Clarence Brown Conference Center off Ga. 20)..

For July, through Thursday:

  • Bartow: 4,078 tests. (351 tests on Thursday).
  • Floyd: 4,596 tests.

Public Health test sites include: Free tests are available today from 9 a.m. until noon in Floyd County. The regular schedule:

  • Floyd County: West Rome Baptist Church, 914 Shorter Ave NW. (Hours: Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. while supplies last.)  Also, today from 9 a.m. until noon.
  • Bartow County: Clarence Brown Conference Center, 5450 GA-20, Cartersville. (Hours: Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. while supplies last.)
  • Polk County:  125 E. Ware St., Cedartown. Call 770-749-2270. (Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-noon.)
  • Gordon County: Health Department at 310 N. River St. in Calhoun. (Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-noon.)
  • Chattooga County Health Department, 60 Farrar Drive, Summerville: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Details: 706-857-3471.
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