National Guard helping with free COVID-19 tests at Hardin County Health Department

Two Army National Guard medics, on the right, stand at the station where the COVID-19 test is performed at the back of the Hardin County Health Department office. The medic who performs the test is wearing full personal protective gear. 

Free drive-through testing for COVID-19 is now available at the Hardin County Health Department.
According to the Health Department, the nasal swab test kits will be restocked daily. Testing is available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until the number of test kits provided for that day are used.
There is no fee for the test, which is given to those with symptoms of COVID-19. You will be screened for fever, cough or shortness of breath, and can expect to receive results within a week.
“We’re hoping the time to receive results will improve, and we expect it to, but as of now we’re told five to seven days because the labs are overburdened. We will call you with your results, and either way we’re asking all who are showing symptoms to self-quarantine for at least 14 days,” said Pattie Kiddy, local Health Department director.
To get a test, go to the Hardin County Health Department at 1920 Pickwick St. in Savannah.
Drivers will enter the parking lot, stop to fill out paperwork and be screened, and then be sent to the back of the building for the test. Once done, turn around and exit the same way.
Three Army National Guard medics from Chattanooga, Tennessee, part of a group of statewide medics who have received specialized training to perform the test, are assigned to the Hardin County Health Department.
A National Guard medic in a protective suit and wearing an N95 mask, gloves and face mask will perform the test. The other Guardsmen will be working with Health Department staff to control traffic, assess those wanting a test and keep paperwork organized.
A Savannah police officer has also been stationed at the Health Department to assist with traffic control as needed.
The local Health Department office is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the phone number is 731-925-2557.

1 Comment

  1. Alice on March 27, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    FINALLY ! The count in Hardin County will go up and perhaps people in our county will start to take this virus’ as serious and deadly. Time to follow protocols .

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