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COVID-19

Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days? Do you have any cold or flu symptoms such as fever, runny nose, cough or shortness of breath? Any change in taste or smell? Call the COVID-19 hotline 706-721-1852.

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Current AU Health Statistics

  • COVID-19

telephone icon Call the AU Health hotline at 706-721-1852 to schedule a test.

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Important Information

Your health and safety are our highest priority. To protect our community, all patients and support persons must wear a face covering over the nose and mouth upon entry to our facilities. We ask patrons wear their own masks. Wearing a disposable or cloth mask from home in public areas at all times is the safest approach.

We ask each patient only bring one support person to their visit at our outpatient facilities including our care centers and other ambulatory clinics. We also welcome one family member or support person to accompany a patient in the hospital. Siblings/children should not come to clinic appointments and may not visit a patient in the hospital.

Two primary caregivers may be with a child in the children's hospital for ambulatory, surgical, or hospitalizations. Siblings/children may not come to the children's hospital to see a patient.

Should you be tested for COVID-19 if you have been exposed?

If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you don’t have to be tested right away. Instead, quarantine yourself for 14 days and monitor your symptoms.

If you have questions, call the AU Health hotline at 706-721-1852.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms reported for COVID-19 are similar to influenza and have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms include body aches, nausea, diarrhea, loss of taste and smell, or even the feeling of passing out.

telephone icon Call the AU Health hotline at 706-721-1852 to schedule a test.

AU Health is leading the fight against COVID-19. We are offering drive-through and walk-in clinics for rapid COVID-19 testing. We offer both NP swab and saliva testing depending upon the patient’s needs and testing circumstances. The healthcare provider will evaluate and recommend the best test option for you. To schedule your appointment, call our COVID-19 hotline 706-721-1852.

524 15th Street
Augusta, GA 30901

Monday through Friday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Annex II

Adult patients are tested at this location

  • Patients are welcomed and screened at front tent
  • Patient receives a specimen cup for saliva*
  • Patient drives to the back of the Annex to verify identity via driver's license or another form of identification
  • Patient's vehicle is labeled with lab specimen labels under windshield wiper
  • Once in the garage bay, patient places their vehicle in park and turns engine off
  • Patient verifies name and DOB for a second time
  • Patient provides verbal consent
  • Swab or saliva test is performed
  • Specimen is collected and the test is completed
  • Results are available 24-72 hours via the VIP portal

1467 Harper Street
Augusta, GA 30901

Monday through Friday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday*: 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

*Sunday testing is NP swab testing only

Faculty Office Building

This location is for all AU Employees, AU students, next day Adult pre-op/preprocedure patients, and pediatric patients*

*All minors 17 years and under must have a parent or guardian on site to give verbal consents.

  • Park at Harper Street Parking Deck P-2
  • Patient is checked-in at the front desk and identity is verified
  • Patient is called to exam room where test will be performed
  • Patient provides verbal consent
  • Swab or saliva test is performed

Note: This is a walk-in clinic, so tests will be performed rapidly to reduce wait times and ensure social distancing practices.

305 West Robinson Avenue
Grovetown, GA 30813

Monday through Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Children's Hospital of Georgia Pediatrics Grovetown Pediatrics

This location is for pediatric patients* and Columbia County School System employees.

*All minors 17 years and under must have a parent or guardian on site to give verbal consents.

  • Patient is welcomed and screened at front tent
  • Patient is called to exam room where test will be performed
  • Patient provides verbal consent
  • Swab or saliva test is performed
  • Specimen is collected and the test is completed
  • Results are available 24-72 hours via the VIP portal
  • Patient provides verbal consent
  • Swab or saliva test* is performed
  • Specimen is collected and the test is completed
  • Results are available 24-72 hours via the VIP portal

* Saliva testing is available for pediatric patients ages three years and above who can adequately spit approximately half tsp of saliva into a cup.

What is a Nasal Pharyngeal (NP) Swab test?

This test will require a medical professional to swab the inside of your nose. The test will take approximately 20 seconds and does cause mild discomfort.

What is a saliva test?

This test requires analysis of at least 1/2 tsp of liquid saliva provided in a specimen cup. Please do not smoke, vape, eat or drink anything for one hour prior to your appointment, including water, coffee, chewing gum, candy, mint or tobacco. Please do not brush your teeth, use mouth wash, smoke, vape, chew tobacco, place mints or hard candy in your mouth for 1 hour prior to testing because it can interfere with the test.

COVID-19 Testing Information for Surgical Patients

Testing will be coordinated by your surgical team Results are available 24-72 hours via the VIP portal and will be shared with the patient.

COVID-19 Testing Information Pediatric Surgical Patients

1447 Harper Street
Augusta, GA 30901

Tuesdays and Fridays: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Under typical circumstances, AU Health welcomes family and guests 24/7. Our patient- and family-centered practices recognize that family/support individuals are stewards of patient safety and are integral to healing. The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for all of us, and while we continue to support patient- and family- centered care, during this time, we must be cautious in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Please review these safe practices. Thank you for partnering with us to keep everyone safe.

Screening

  • Upon entry, all patients and family members/support persons are asked several questions as part of our screening process. After screening, you will receive a sticker to wear.
  • You must wear a face covering over nose and mouth in our facility. If coming in for surgery, patients receive a cone mask.

Emergency Department:

  • Patients may have a support person with them when placed in the exam room. Given limited spacing in the waiting area, and the inability to social distance effectively, support persons must wait outside of ED until patient is in the exam room.

Seeing Your Patient

While at AU Health, ONE family member/support person may be with patient (exception: Covid units). Please,

  • wear sticker indicating you have been screened;
  • remain in patient's room with minimal movement throughout hospital;
  • If after 8:30 pm, family member/support person receives photo Identification Badge.
  • Children may not visit inpatients.

While at CHOG, TWO primary caregivers/support persons may be with the pediatric patient. Names of these two caregivers are listed with the nurse and may not be changed out. For NICU, only one primary caregiver may be at the bedside at a time. 

  • Support persons receive an authorized blue card upon admission to the unit. This card is presented to the CHOG information desk in the lobby in order to receive a blue armband. This armband must be worn for entry to the unit.
  • Children may not visit inpatients.

Safety Precautions

  • If you are not feeling well, stay home!
  • Wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer;
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue and throw it away or use 'Superman technique' by coughing in bended elbow;
  • Keep face covering on and don't touch face;
  • Social distance when around others.

Helpful Tips

  • When not here, set up virtual contacts with patient. Staff can help!
  • Identify one individual as key contact to communicate with care team and family.
  • Sign up for the secure VIP portal (Virtually Informed Patient) for provider
    messaging, provider notes, pathology and radiology reports, medications, and discharge reports. For more information, call 706-446-0024.
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