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Q&A: drive-tru testing lab

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Baldwin County’s first COVID-19 drive-thru testing site was launched earlier this week.

So, with this in mind, The Baldwin Bulletin decided to summarize the situation in a nifty question-and-answer format.

QUESTION: Where is the site?

ANSWER: For anyone who’s familiar with Central State Hospital and the south side of town, the answer would be “down there behind the Powell Building and right beside the old police station.” If you’re not, however, the answer would be “240 Lawrence Road.” If you’re putting the address into GPS, though, please don’t accept the option for “240 Lawrence Road NW.” The second option would take you to a home in very rural northwest Baldwin County, in the middle of nowhere.

QUESTION: When is it?

ANSWER: The drive-thru lab will be in Milledgeville each Wednesday and each Saturday from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

QUESTION: How much is it?

ANSWER: There is no cost, according to the website.

QUESTION: How do I sign up?

ANSWER: Everything is streamlined through www. doineedacovid19test. com

QUESTION: How do I know if I’m eligible for testing?

ANSWER: All first responders and healthcare providers are eligible to be tested, regardless of their symptoms, or lack thereof. Also, anyone who is “18 years old or older and showing symptoms” also is eligible. Nevertheless, whether you’re a police officer or a stay-at-home parent, everyone must register first through the website.

The Baldwin Bulletin did a mock sign-up earlier this week on the website. After logging onto the website and clicking the blue “Milledgeville, GA” link, you are taken to a separate webpage. At the bottom is a large “Register or Logon” icon. New users then are asked for their gender, date of brith, name, email address and physical address. After choosing a user name and password, a release form and questionaire must be filled out.

Perhaps the most pertinent question on the questionnaire is:

“Do you have one or more of these symptoms?

• Fever

• Cough

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

• Chills

• Repeated shaking with chills

• Muscle pain

• Headache

• Sore throat

• New loss of taste or smell”

After everything is submitted, the testing agency will respond one way or the other, according to its website.