Public health officials encourage preteen vaccinations

To date, the Southwest Public Health District has conducted nearly 18,000 specimen collections for COVID-19 testing, one of the highest volumes of testing among all Department of Public Health districts.

ALBANY — Since March, Southwest Public Health District 8-2 has continued to offer opportunities for COVID-19 testing at multiple sites throughout the district. With the weather growing warmer, appointments at some locations are now available as early as 7 a.m.

To date, Southwest Public Health District has conducted nearly 18,000 specimen collections for COVID-19 testing, one of the highest volumes of testing among all Department of Public Health districts, Dr. Charles Ruis, district health director for Southwest Public Health District 8-2, said.

Collections continue to be available weekly, on a changing schedule, in Colquitt, Dougherty, Decatur, Grady, Lee, Mitchell, Terrell, Thomas and Worth counties. Appointments are strongly encouraged. Call the hotline at (229) 352-6567 Monday through Saturday to schedule an appointment. Residents may be tested at any available site and are not limited to their county of residence.

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