TIFTON — The number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Tift County has risen to five, according to the Department of Public Health’s noon update.

The most recent information from Tift Regional Medical Center at the time of publication is from 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.

As of that update, TRMC officials announced that they have sent 114 tests out. 76 have tested negative and 31 are still waiting on results. Seven patients have tested positive. This reflects the total number of patients tested within the Southwell medical system, which includes other counties.

Tift Regional Medical Center has shifting all clinic-based COVID-19 testing to an outdoor drive-thru clinic. This drive-thru clinic, not to be confused with the Southwell Mobile Clinic unit that visits medical-underserved areas, is located in the TRMC parking garage on 20th Street and will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vehicles will be routed through the 20th Street parking lot.

Before coming to the drive-thru clinic, the ER, or any Southwell clinic or facility, patients who suspect they have COVID-19 symptoms are being asked to call Southwell’s COVID-19 hotline at 877-719-5787. Health professionals will conduct a telephone triage and will instruct patients on whether or not they should go to the drive-thru clinic for testing.  

While Southwell’s test kits are not at a critical level, they are limited. Due to this, testing will only be available in Tifton at this time.

For more information and updates from Southwell regarding COVID-19, visit www.mysouthwell.com/COVID-19.

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