SGMC triage tent

Chris Herbert | Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA – South Georgia Medical Center's COVID-19 screening test ended Thursday.

The screening tent was held outside the SGMC emergency department and was used as a way to quickly determine which patients had arrived for coronavirus-related illnesses or not.

The decision was made due to decreasing numbers of positive COVID-19 tests, said Ronnie Dean, SGMC chief executive officer. He described the move as "sidelining" the tent and it can be reinstituted quickly if necessary.

The SGMC Smith Northview drive-thru screening station remains open.

Residents can still receive free COVID-19 testing by the South Health District at the Lowndes Civic Center, 2108 E Hill Ave. The drive-through testing location is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday. Call (229) 333-5257 to schedule an appointment.

This story was updated at 3:10 p.m. May 23 to reflect the SGMC screening tent outside the emergency department, not the Smith Northview location, had closed.

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