Augusta coronavirus testing site is on track to break record today

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Coronavirus testing at a site in the CSRA.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Free coronavirus testing is being offered today in Augusta, and interest is running high.

The testing is being offered until 2 p.m. at Lamar Milledge Elementary School, 510 Eve St. Enter from Eve Street via Walton Way. Anyone walking to the testing site should check in with personnel at Eve and Walker streets.

Around 11 a.m., WRDW's Ciara Cummings reported that the testing site offered by the city of Augusta could breaking a local record.

Officials said 306 people registered, but they expected to be able to help 400 people get tested.

Anyone can get tested -- including residents of South Carolina who came across the river to get swabbed. The Georgia Department of Public Health will send the results to its South Carolina counterpart so each state will have accurate statistics.

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Local residents can preregister and get prescreened by calling 311 between 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

People from outside Augusta are welcome, although they’ve had problems when calling 311 because the call can get rerouted. So if you have problems calling 311, try calling 706-821-2300, or call the state Department of Public Health at 706-721-5800.

In any case, officials say if you can’t call ahead, just show up and they’ll get you tested.

Free testing is also planned at other locations in the CSRA in coming days:

• Saluda, S.C.: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18, Saluda Primary School, 200 Matthews Drive.
• Johnston, S.C.: 9 a.m. to noon May 20 and 1-4 p.m. May 21, Johnston Elementary School, 514 Lee St.

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