Free drive-up COVID-19 testing remains available in Northwest Georgia

ROME, GA:  Free drive-up COVID-19 testing is moving back to the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds, 1400 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd., in Rome beginning October 12. The Floyd County test site was temporarily relocated to State Mutual Stadium in Rome because of the recent Coosa Valley Fair. Free testing will be offered Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  There is no Sunday testing.

Free COVID-19 test site moves from fairgrounds to State Mutual Stadium parking lot

ROME, GA: The free COVID-19 testing site in Floyd County is being relocated from the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds to the State Mutual Stadium (Rome Braves Stadium) parking lot, 755 Braves Blvd NE, Rome. Beginning Tuesday, September 28, free COVID-19 testing will be available at this new location from 11 A.M. to 6 P.M. Monday through Saturday and from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. on Sunday. Please register online at   

Georgia DPH Follows Federal Recommendations For COVID Booster Shots

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) will follow the guidance and
recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory
Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) for COVID vaccine booster shots.

New Distribution Process for Monoclonal Antibody Treatments in Georgia

 ATLANTA – The federal government has changed the way COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatments will be distributed in the United States, including Georgia. The decision announced Monday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the result of supply shortages and extraordinary demand for the treatments across the country, particularly due to the rapid spread of the delta variant. Health care providers will no longer be able to order the treatments directly.

Northwest Georgia health care facilities and Public Health urge action

ROME, GA: We need your help like never before. The pandemic—its current surge driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant—continues to spread throughout Northwest Georgia and is quickly becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated. Most new cases, hospitalizations and people in our critical care units on ventilators and advanced oxygen support are unvaccinated. Today, only 35 percent of citizens in Northwest Georgia are fully vaccinated, leaving the unvaccinated highly vulnerable to contracting and spreading COVID-19.

Free drive-up COVID-19 testing now available in Bartow, Catoosa, and Floyd counties

ROME, GA: A free drive-up COVID-19 test site at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds, 1400 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd., SE, in Rome opens Wednesday, September 1, and becomes the third such site now available in Northwest Georgia. Hours of operation are 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. Monday through Saturday and 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. on Sunday.

Georgia Hospitals on Diversion, Georgians Asked to Reduce Strain on EMS & Emergency Departments

ATLANTA, GA: To help keep hospital emergency departments open and able to treat medical emergencies, individuals seeking COVID testing should not go to hospital emergency departments. COVID-19 testing locations are available throughout Georgia and can be found on the DPH website at

Free drive-up COVID-19 testing available at Bartow and Catoosa locations

ROME, GA: The Georgia Department of Public Health has contracted with MAKO Medical to provide free COVID-19 testing at convenient locations around the state. In Northwest Georgia, MAKO Medical will provide free drive-up COVID-19 testing in Bartow County on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Thursday, August 26 and in Catoosa County on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Wednesday, August 25.  

Northwest Georgia health departments offering third vaccine dose to qualifying individuals

ROME, GA:  According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an additional (third) dose of COVID-19 vaccine should be considered for people with moderate to severe immune compromise due to a medical condition or receipt of immunosuppressive medications or treatments.

ACIP Recommends Additional COVID Vaccine for Immunocompromised Individuals

Atlanta – Following the FDA’s authorization of an additional COVID vaccine dose for immunocompromised individuals, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is now recommending that certain patients with weakened immune systems receive an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine. The recommendation does not include J&J vaccine recipients at this time.