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Cynthia Mines, RN, places a test sample into a bag being held by Kathy Linebarger, county nurse manager for McDuffie County.

The Georgia Department of Public Health will provide free COVID-19 testing in Dearing on the next three Fridays.

The testing will be at the Dearing Community Center, located at 4614 Augusta Highway, this Friday, Aug. 7, and next Friday, Aug. 14.

Testing will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., but an appointment is required. No walk-ups are allowed.

To schedule an appointment, call 706-721-5800.

Last Friday, July 24, the health department hosted free COVID-19 testing at the housing authority in Thomson.

According to Kathy Linebarger, FNP, BC and county nurse manager, 114 individuals were tested at the drive-up site.

Cars lined up along Pecan Avenue after entering the testing area from White Oak Road.

The testing staff kept the line steadily moving forward with two registered nurses approaching vehicles to collect samples. Some vehicles were only occupied by the driver, but in other cases multiple individuals within one vehicle were quickly tested.

Representatives from the Thomson-McDuffie Fire Department and EMS, along with the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office, assisted the public health staff with the traffic flow.

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