Registration guidance for Covid-19 testing

Testing demands increase as cases spike in Georgia
Us Health Virus Epidemic Pandemic
A health worker takes a drop of blood for the COVID-19 antibody test after at the Diagnostic and Wellness Center on May 5, 2020, in Torrance, California. - "It's the only medical screening that people generally want to be positive," smiles Dr. Matthew Budoff. Two weeks ago, he opened a antibody testing center in Torrance to find out if a person has contracted Covid-19 and recovered. The procedure is as simple as it is fast: a slight prick on the fingertip to take a drop of blood. Fifteen minutes later, the patient knows whether antibodies specific to the new coronavirus are present in his or her body, a sign that he or she has been infected at some point. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)

ALBANY, Ga. — As Covid cases continue to spike and demand for testing increases, Southwest Health District 8-2 strongly urges everyone to pre-register before arriving at testing sites.

COVID-19 testing is free and available at all Southwest Health testing locations to everyone, regardless of county of residence. Appointments are not made for Covid testing, but pre-registration makes visits to the testing sites faster for everyone.

Testing is conducted by MAKO Medical Laboratories, a public health partner, and is available in Albany on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9am to 3pm.

Testing is also available at the following locations:
⦁ Colquitt County – Fridays – 9am to noon
⦁ Thomas County – Mondays – 9am to noon
⦁ Decatur County – Wednesdays – 9am to noon

Registration should be completed online at