Get Tested for COVID-19
The options below are recommended for UGA faculty and staff. UGA students should contact the University Health Center to access testing services. Note: Only PCR nasal test sites are listed here, as this is the accepted diagnostic tool used to determine if a person has the virus and is at risk of spreading it to others.
1. Georgia Department of Public Health
Address: 355 Oneta Street, Athens, GA 30601
Phone: (706) 340-0996
Hours: M-W, 8:30AM-3:30PM
Notes: Appointment only; appointment can be made online or over the phone; Testing is free; Takes several business days for results (in some cases 7-12 days). Any member of the community can call the Northeast District Screening Hotline at 706-340-0996 for an appointment at a GDPH testing site. For more information about testing locations, visit the Athens Public Health COVID-19 testing website.
2. Piedmont Healthcare
Piedmont Urgent Care
Address: 485 HWY 29 North, Athens, GA 30601
Phone: (706) 353-9300
Hours: M-F, 8:00AM-7:30PM, Saturday, 9:00AM-6:00PM.
Piedmont Oconee Campus
Address: 1305 Jennings Mill Road, Watkinsville, GA 30677
Phone: (706) 552-1777
Hours: M-F, 8:00AM-7:30PM, Saturday, 9:00AM-6:00PM
Notes: Walk-in testing (drive-up) at both locations, results in 3-7 days. Both locations request that you arrive before dark in order to perform the testing.
3. Urgent Care of Oconee
Address: 2061 Experiment Station Road #505, Watkinsville, GA 30677
Phone: (706) 310-0324
Hours: M-F, 7:30AM-7:30PM, Saturday, 9:00AM-6:00PM
Notes: Appointment only; Insurance accepted; Takes 2-3 business days for results. Rapid testing available, but must have an appointment.
4. CVS Pharmacy
Address: 3595 Atlanta Highway, Athens, GA 30606
Phone: (706) 549-8985
Hours: M-F, 9:00AM-8:00PM, Sat & Sun, 10:00AM-7:00PM
Notes: Appointment only after screening for symptoms; Insurance accepted; Takes 2-3 business days for results; Self-administered nasal swab.
5. Reddy Medical Clinic
Address: 1061 Dowdy Road STE 101, Athens, GA 30606
Phone: (706) 621-7575
Hours: M-Sat, 8:00AM-8:00PM, Sun, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Notes: Appointment only; Appointment must be made online; Insurance accepted; Takes 3-5 days for results.
6. Athens Free Mobile Clinic
Phone: (706) 308-4092
Hours: M-F, 8:00AM-5:00PM
Notes: Spanish speakers available; Free testing for uninsured and underinsured; Appointment only; Department of Public Health processes their lab tests, 7-14 days for results.
7. Athens Neighborhood Health Center
Address: 675 College Avenue, Athens, GA 30601
Phone: (706) 546-5526
Hours: M, W, Th: 8:00AM-5:00PM; Tu: 8:00AM-7:00PM; F:8:00AM-2:00PM
Notes: Free testing for uninsured and underinsured; Appointment only; 2-3 days for results.
8. Contact your Primary Care Provider
If you have a primary care provider, contact them during their business hours and ask about access to COVID-19 testing. Many local providers (especially those in the Piedmont system) will conduct a telehealth appointment and then refer you to receive a nasal swab test. Note: St. Mary’s healthcare does not have outpatient testing available at this time.
* All the testing locations we have listed above (#1-7) can be found on this custom Google map.
Updated January 20, 2021.
This resource was produced by the Office of Outreach, Engagement and Equity at UGA’s College of Public Health and is updated monthly. For more health & safety information, visit the CPH COVID-19 Updates & Resources page.