COVID-19 Information


Latest Updates

Click here to see the latest information about COVID-19 cases in our facilities.

Click here to read the latest information about COVID-19 vaccines.

What is the Delta variant?

The Delta variant has already caused surges in other states, and it’s here in Georgia now. The rate of positive test results is on the rise according to the Georgia Department of Public Health – just as it was before each of our three previous surges. No one wants to return to the isolation and worry we faced in the fall and winter last year. Thankfully, we have a way to stop it now: the COVID vaccine.

If you’ve been waiting to make sure the vaccine is safe before you get the shot, more than 4.6 million have taken it in Georgia alone. Unfortunately, more than half of our state still isn’t vaccinated, and that leaves us all vulnerable to another crippling spike. The vaccine is the weapon we didn’t have in the fight before, and we need everyone who is eligible to protect themselves so our businesses can remain open, our children can return to school and our communities can continue to recover.

Visitation Policy

Please learn about updated visitation policies for the following areas/groups:

How You Can Help

We’ve heard our community’s generous desire to help during this difficult time. We want to say THANK YOU to our community and local businesses. We are grateful for everyone’s willingness to help.

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We are hAll IN!

Help us #stopthespread of COVID-19 in the Gainesville-Hall County community by taking the hAll in pledge today!

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Employer Resources

As an employer, you may have questions about how you can minimize the affect of COVID-19 on your staff and workplace. Our Infection Control Department has put together resources that offer workplace guidance on COVID-19.

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Our Response

What is NGHS doing in response to COVID-19?

In late January, NGHS created a Coronavirus Task Force including leaders from across the system to begin preparing for the possibility that our facilities and staff may see patients with the 2019 novel Coronavirus, now known as COVID-19. We have been following the guidance of the CDC and are working to ensure staff are diligent in following standard protocol to ask patients about their travel history. In the event that additional preparation is needed, this team will move swiftly to follow any new guidance.

What are we doing to educate the community?

There is a lot of misinformation as the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to change each day. We continue to focus on making sure we’re operationally prepared and our clinical staff is informed, and we’re posting info to our website and social media to help our community know the facts.

Is NGHS able to test for the virus?

NGHS has the ability to coordinate testing at some of our locations. Please call your doctor’s office or urgent care clinic for advice about whether testing is right for you. Recently we implemented a new E-Visit specific to the Coronavirus.

What is the cost of a COVID-19 test?

We have transitioned all public health COVID-19 testing to MAKO Medical. Free testing for COVID-19 is available by making an appointment online at https://makomedical.com. While testing is free, with no copays or deductibles, MAKO does ask for insurance if you are insured.

Testing is also available through our Emergency Departments and Urgent Care Centers. If you’re diagnosed with COVID-19, additional services – including hospital admission, if applicable – will be covered according to your insurance plan details.  If you do not have insurance, our staff will work with you to apply for public health coverage programs and offer discounts, payment plans or free care to eligible uninsured or underinsured patients for medically necessary care.  For more information, go to www.nghs.com/financial-assistance.

Is NGHS conducting any research on COVID-19?

NGHS actively supports research that provides cutting-edge treatment options as new therapies become available and seeks to answer important questions surrounding COVID-19 and its impact on the physical and psychological health of our patients, staff, and community members. Please visit our Research webpage to learn more about several research studies and clinical trials that address key issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional Resources

Helpful links

For in-depth information regarding the symptoms and prevention of COVID-19, please refer to the following resources: