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Statesboro DPH COVID-19 Testing Options for Students, Faculty and Staff

Info courtesy of Bulloch County Health Department:

Beginning September 2, 2020 the DPH COVID test site at the Bulloch County Health Department, located at 1 West Altman Street in Statesboro, will begin to offer testing hours reserved specifically for Georgia Southern University students, faculty and staff. These testing hours for Georgia Southern will be available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.  

If you desire to be tested there you must enter your demographic information online in advance at covid19.dph.ga.gov,  or you can call 855-473-4374 to register.  Once you have entered your demographic information, you can then go to the site during any of the times listed above.

During the registration process, once you enter your demographic information and get the prompt that states: “You qualify to book an appointment online, Click next to register, “  DO NOT CLICK “NEXT.” If you click next you will not find an appointment time for the times mentioned above and instead, the system will direct you to schedule outside of those designated time blocks.

Just as a reminder, the Bulloch County Health Department test site will continue to see persons who have registered online until 12:30 p.m.  

If you are unable to be seen at the test site during the dedicated hours listed above, you can still register online for testing at the site during the other times that it is open.  To do so, during the registration process you should click “Next” to register to see schedule a test for a different day/time.


COVID Testing Information

Students, 

See below for the COVID testing options for students through the student health centers on both the Armstrong and Statesboro campuses.

These testing options are available to enrolled students with COVID symptoms who have paid the semester health fee AND who have had their COVID symptoms evaluated by a student health services medical provider.  It is up to the student health medical provider’s clinical discretion to determine if a test is indicated, and to also determine which test option is most appropriate. 

The cost for the tests listed below are for the tests only, and the listed cost does not include the costs associated with the evaluation done by the medical provider.   Costs for testing may be subject to change.  Detailed information is available online for the Armstrong campus clinic and the Statesboro campus clinic regarding hours of operation, instructions for scheduling appointments, and any additional fees that are associated with medical evaluations and testing in the Statesboro campus clinic and Armstrong campus clinic.


Statesboro campus student health COVID testing options 

  1. Rapid in-house point of care test: provides results at the point of care or within the same day; cost of test to student =$35 and is due at the time of service.  For students with insurance, the cost will be filed to your insurance plan.  Payment by insurance is not guaranteed, and any applicable copays, coinsurance, and deductibles apply.
  2. Send out test to reference lab: provides results usually within 7-10 days, and sometimes sooner; cost of test to student = $100 and is due at the time of service.  For students with insurance, the cost will be filed to your insurance plan.  Payment by insurance is not guaranteed, and any applicable copays, coinsurance, and deductibles apply.
  3. DPH specimen collection by health services staff: provides results within 7-10 days, and sometimes sooner; cost of test to student $0.00; this option is reserved for students who are unable to pay for option 1 or 2 AND who do not have transportation off campus to the local DPH testing center
  4. Referral to the Bulloch county DPH test site: provides results within 7-10 days of specimen collection, and sometimes sooner; cost of test to student $0.00, but it does require that the student has transportation off campus to the DPH testing site

Students on the Statesboro campus who wish to be tested but who do not have symptoms or who have not been evaluated in the Statesboro campus health center for their symptoms can seek testing through the following options in the Bulloch county area:

  1. Testing at the Bulloch county DPH testing center

-The test site in Bulloch County is at the Bulloch County Health Department on 1 -West Altman Street in Statesboro.  

-It is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8am-1230pm and Saturday 8am-11am. 

-An appointment is required and registration is online at https://covid19.dph.ga.gov/ or by calling  1-855-473-4374

  1. Testing at CVS retail pharmacies: fees and certain restrictions may apply; see https://cvshealth.com/covid-19/testing-locations for more information and to register for testing
  2. Evaluation and testing through local urgent care centers: subject to fees set by the urgent care center
  3. Evaluation and testing through local primary care providers: if you have an off-campus primary care provider, you can seek testing through their office; subject to fees set by your primary care provider

Armstrong campus student health COVID testing options

  1. Rapid in-house point of care test: provides results at the point of care or within the same day; cost of test to student =$35 and is due at the time of service.  Students with insurance can request a receipt and walk-out statement and may choose to file to their insurance themselves.  Payment by insurance is not guaranteed
  2. Send out test to reference lab: provides results usually within 7-10 days, and sometimes sooner; cost of test to student = $100 and is due at the time of service.  Students with insurance can request a receipt and walk-out statement and may choose to file to their insurance themselves.  Payment by insurance is not guaranteed
  3. DPH specimen collection by health services staff: provides results within 7-10 days, and sometimes sooner; cost of test to student $0.00; this option is reserved for students who are unable to pay for option 1 or 2 AND who do not have transportation off campus to the local DPH testing center
  4. Referral to the one of the Chatham County DPH testing sites: provides results within 7-10 days of specimen collection, and sometimes sooner; cost of test to student $0.00, but it does require that the student has transportation off campus to the DPH testing site

Students on the Armstrong campus who wish to be tested but who do not have symptoms or who have not been evaluated in the Armstrong campus health center for their symptoms can seek testing through the following options in the Chatham county area:

  1. Testing at a Chatham county DPH test site: free, no appointment required

Savannah Civic Center at 301 West Oglethorpe Ave.

-No appointment is needed.

-Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 3: 30 p.m. and every first and third Saturday of the month from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

-Walk-up testing will take place at 8:30 a.m. for the first 100 individuals in line. Drive-through testing will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. Click here for more details or call 1-912-230-9744

-Saturday schedule for August: August 1, August 15

Click here for more information about the traffic flow pattern, walk-up testing, and what to expect inside the Civic Center testing site.

  1. Testing at CVS retail pharmacies: fees and certain restrictions may apply; see https://cvshealth.com/covid-19/testing-locations for more information and to register for testing
  2. Evaluation and testing through local urgent care centers: subject to fees set by the urgent care center
  3. Evaluation and testing through local primary care providers: if you have an off-campus primary care provider, you can seek testing through their office; subject to fees set by your primary care provider

Additionally, the DPH has no-cost COVID test sites in counties throughout the state, including Liberty county.  The Liberty county test site is located at 1113 East Oglethorpe Highway in Hinesville and is currently providing testing by appointment each Wednesday and Friday before noon.  Appointments can be scheduled online or by calling 912-230-9744.


Testing availability is dependent on the national supply chain for COVID test kits, and availability of on-campus testing may vary during the course of the pandemic.


Health Services Medical Director receives promotion

Health Services Medical Director, Brian M. DeLoach, M.D. was recently promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor with the Medical College of Georgia.

DeLoach played an integral role in initiating the partnership between Health Services and MCG and was originally appointed as a Clinical Assistant Professor in 2016. In the spring, he was awarded the 2018 Medical College of Georgia Exemplary Teaching Award for Undergraduate Medical Education for his role as clinical educator. 

As part of their training, students in the department of pediatrics at MCG must spend time in a clinical setting gaining hands-on experience. During their four week ambulatory medicine rotation, those students spend two weeks under the instruction of DeLoach and his staff and then two weeks with a local internal medicine physician. 

“Our practice provides an excellent opportunity for medical students to work in an environment with providers from multiple training backgrounds and gives them valuable exposure to how care is coordinated in an accredited patient centered medical home environment,” said DeLoach. “Medical students who enter MCG after obtaining undergraduate or graduate degrees from universities across Georgia and the nation, are always amazed by our state-of-the-art Health Services facility on the Statesboro Campus and by the high quality, comprehensive care we provide to our students.” 

DeLoach and his staff are especially proud to serve Georgia Southern alumni who have gone on to pursue a degree at MCG and who come back to campus to complete a clinical rotation. “We can’t play favorites, but we always look forward to hosting those students who have graduated from Georgia Southern and return to campus for their medical rotation!”


Health Services recognized for offering excellent health care to students on Statesboro Campus

Following a comprehensive assessment and on-site visit, Georgia Southern University’s Health Services on the Statesboro Campus has again been recognized for offering excellent health care to students.

Health Services was recently re-accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and recognized for its Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), certifications that it has held since 2013. The re-accreditation process involves a practice visit and evaluation every three years to maintain status.

Georgia Southern is one of only three college health care centers in the state to hold AAAHC accreditation and the only of those to be certified as a PCMH. The PCMH approach to care embraces comprehensive proactive, preventative and chronic care management and treatment.

“Our team is committed to providing an outstanding level of care to our students every day, and we are fortunate to be recognized once again for achieving such a high standard of health care,” said Director of Health Services Diane Norris.

The state-of-the-art facility on the Statesboro Campus, which opened in 2016, allows for enhanced patient care and additional medical services including an in-house pharmacy, vision care center and physical therapy clinic.

Surveyors from the AAAHC noted that, “Georgia Southern Health Services is committed to providing quality health care and education to Georgia Southern students. They have robust processes in place to monitor quality of care and to identify opportunities for improvement.”


Health Services, SART Create Prevention of Men’s Violence Against Women Champions Committee

Georgia Southern University Health Services and Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) recently founded the Prevention of Men’s Violence Against Women Champions Committee. The goal of the committee is to use social capital to reduce the stigma surrounding sexual violence and to prevent sexual assault on campus.

Comprised of 17 male university faculty and staff members from the Statesboro and Armstrong campuses, team members, known as champions, are charged with a mission to establish a sense of ownership of the issue and to provide sexual violence prevention tools as it pertains to their particular areas of influence.

“People are hesitant to talk about sexual violence, and in many instances, sexual assault still goes unreported because there’s such a stigma surrounding it,” said Ken Gassiot, Ph.D., associate vice president for student engagement and member of the committee. “Sexual violence is not just one person’s problem. The issue impacts our campuses and communities, and we as members of the Champions Committee are a loud voice to get in front of the most people, in the most effective way.”

Members of the committee were handpicked by Gemma Skuraton, DrPH, Health Services health promotion coordinator, and Lauren Patterson, Psy.D., co-chair of SART, with three qualifications in mind. They have to be recognizable members of the campus community, commit to being visible at SART-sponsored events and be able to articulate the team’s message in a relatable way to their constituents.

“For some, that means posting on social media, and for some, that means including the message in departmental emails and newsletters,” said Skuraton. “Committee members are encouraged to share our message of prevention in the way that best suits their primary audience.”

The committee will promote SART-affiliated campaigns throughout the year, such as the Clothesline Project and It’s On Us week. Members will attend two large-scale, sexual assault prevention events on campus, such as the Walk A Mile in Her Shoes march, an event designed to raise awareness about sexual violence by having men walk campus in red, high-heeled shoes.

“We are grateful that these men stepped forward to champion our message,” said Skuraton. “This committee will be a fundamental part of our efforts to erase sexual violence and the stigma associated with it.”

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving more than 26,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.