McDONOUGH — The Heritage Senior Center in McDonough has shifted its purpose to serve as a COVID-19 testing site for Henry County residents.

All symptomatic individuals are eligible for testing, but must have a referral from a health care provider or the local public health department. Appointments are required.

Hayla Folden, public information officer with the Georgia Department of Public Health, said when residents arrive they are guided by health department officials every step of the way. Testing takes about five minutes per patient, and they remain in their vehicles the entire time.

She said it takes between two and four days to receive results, noting that everyone, whether positive or negative, will be contacted with their results.

Virus symptoms include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, headache, sore throat, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19.

“Don’t take any chances,” Folden said. “If you have any symptoms as described by the Centers for Disease Control, call and make an appointment to get tested.”

Henry County residents can call the District 4 COVID-19 testing line at 1-800-847-4262 to be evaluated and set up an appointment.

Folden said in some cases, residents can get a same day appointment.

The Heritage Senior Center is located at 1050 Florence McGarity Blvd. in McDonough. The testing site is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon and Sunday, May 2 and May 9 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Residents can also visit the DPH District 4 website at www.district4health.org.

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