COVID-19 test site

Pfc. Chrisember Brice administers a nasopharyngeal COVID-19 test in Blackshear, GA.   – Photo by 1st. Lt. Joe Reynolds

Nat’l Guard tests 130 Mon. from Pierce, surrounding counties

The Georgia National Guard was on site first thing Monday morning at a drive-thru COVID-19 (coronavirus) testing site outside Emmanuel Baptist Church at the Warehouse Student Ministry Building.

The Guard unit, assisted by local law enforcement and emergency management agencies, will operate the site from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. – or until testing supplies run out – every day this week, says Lieutenant Kathryn Miller, officer in charge of the site.

The virus nose swab test is free and available to the public. No appointment is needed. The test takes only a few seconds to perform, and results are typically available within 48-72 hours, Miller says.

Patients and the Department of Public Health will be contacted with results. The tests are processed at a facility in Augusta.

In the first half hour Monday morning, the Guard tested approximately 20 people. A total of 130 individuals were tested from Pierce, Ware, Wayne and Camden Counties.

Anyone is eligible for testing. There is no screening process.

The testing site is provided through a partnership with the Georgia National Guard 1st Battalion, 118th Field Artillery Regiment, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Pierce County Emergency Management Agency, Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, Blackshear Police Department, Blackshear Fire Department, Pierce County Volunteer Fire Department, Pierce County Board of Commissioners and the City of Blackshear.