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Here’s how Augusta University students and employees can get tested for COVID-19

Augusta University encourages both its students and employees to seek COVID-19 testing when needed.

For students

While supplies last, the Student Health Clinic does have COVID-19 rapid tests available. However, due to low supply, these are available exclusively by appointment and are only for students who present with respiratory symptoms. Symptomatic students can call 706-721-3448 to make a testing appointment.

Alternatively, students can receive testing at their primary care physician; a local urgent care or retail pharmacy that offers COVID-19 testing; or the Annex II drive-thru testing location, which is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The Annex II site does not require appointments and allows for onsite registration, but the process is quicker if students pre-register.

Students can come to the site any time during testing hours, but should try to arrive early. Site management will turn cars away if the line gets backed up close to closing.

Students can also order free at-home tests from the federal COVID-19 testing website. Orders will usually ship in seven to 12 days.

For employees

Employees of Augusta University or Augusta University Health who need testing should call Employee Health and Wellness at 706-721-3418 and press option 1 to get scheduled for prioritized testing. Tests will be administered at the Annex II drive-thru testing location, and results are typically turned around in less than 24 hours.

Employees must book their appointment via phone through Employee Health to receive a prioritized testing appointment. Note that no testing or appointment booking is done onsite at the Employee Health office; testing appointments are made exclusively via phone (706-721-3418; option 1).

It is critical that employees arrive only at their appointment time, because the Annex II testing site is operated by two different entities: the Department of Public Health operates the site from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Augusta University operates the site from either 4-5:30 p.m. or 4-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. (The hours depend on testing volume.) If employees do not follow their appointment time and arrive while DPH is still operating the site, they will be turned away or swabbed through DPH — and AU Health does not have access to DPH test results.

Employees who do not want or need expedited results can receive testing at their primary care physician or at any urgent care facility or retail pharmacy that offers COVID-19 testing. They can also order free at-home tests from the federal COVID-19 testing website, which usually ship in seven to 12 days.

Students who have questions about COVID-19 testing should call Student Health Services at 706-721-3448. Employees with questions should call Employee Health and Wellness at 706-721-3418.

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Paige Boeke

Paige Boeke is a communications coordinator for Communications and Marketing at Augusta University. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at pfowler@augusta.edu.

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