COVID-19 Information

Masking Notice:
Effective Jan. 3, masks are required for all employees, licensed practitioners, medical staff, students, trainees, volunteers and vendors, regardless of vaccination status and recommended for patients and visitors.


Diagnostic testing is available for both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients.


Learn about COVID-19 vaccine availability and eligibility.

Where to go for Care

When you’re not feeling well, you have options for care.

Exposure & Quarantine

Been exposed or have symptoms? Know when to test and how long to quarantine.

COVID-19 Data Archives

The federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency declared an end to the pandemic on May 11, 2023. Effective June 30, 2023, NGHS will suspend its weekly COVID-19 updates.


Talk to your doctor if you’re confirmed positive for COVID-19, and see CDC guidance on how you might be treated.

Visitation Policy

For the protection of our patients, staff and community, our visitation guidelines have been updated.

Support for Families

We know it’s not easy when your loved one is sick. That’s why Northeast Georgia Health System provides resources and support for the families of our patients.

Get Involved

We’ve heard our community’s generous desire to help. Learn how you can get involved.

Additional Resources

Quarantine and Gathering Guidance
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 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

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.

External information links

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