Coronavirus (COVID-19): Other Frequently Asked Questions

What is the novel coronavirus?
A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus-causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

How does the virus spread?
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person, including between people who are physically near each other (within about 6 feet). People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others. It may also be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. For more information please visit here.

What are the symptoms?

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

What do I do if I think I have COVID-19?

Please click here for the latest guidance from the CDC.

Should I be worried about getting infected with COVID-19 at an Archbold hospital or clinic?
All of our hospitals and clinics have protocols and systems in place to keep all patients, visitors and healthcare workers safe. Here are some of the actions Archbold is taking to keep you safe:

  • Patients with COVID-19 are isolated from other patients
  • All patients and all employees are masked at all times
  • Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment, including masks, gowns and gloves are worn by our clinical staff
  • Handwashing with soap and water or hand sanitizer gel is strictly enforced
  • Visitation restrictions are enforced and no visitation is allowed for COVID-19 patients
  • Offering telemedicine options when possible

I have a regularly scheduled appointment with my doctor. What should I do?
In most cases, you should keep your regular appointments. If you have a previously scheduled appointment and have developed a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, please contact the clinic before coming to your appointment.

What is a monoclonal antibody infusion?

According to the FDA, REGEN-COV consists of the monoclonal antibodies casirivimab and imdevimab, administered together. Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-made proteins that mimic the immune system’s ability to fight off harmful pathogens, such as viruses like SARS-CoV-2. The Regen Monoclonal Antibody Infusion Treatment is available to COVID-19 positive patients on an outpatient basis. If you test positive for COVID-19, please talk to your doctor to see if this is an option for you.

Where do I go for a COVID-19 test? Where do I go for a COVID-19 vaccine?

Please see the list below for COVID-19 testing centers in our service areas:

Brooks County


  • Brooks County Health Department
    • Please visit to make a testing appointment.
  • CVS (Thomasville and Valdosta)
    • Drive-Thru testing is available by appointment only.
  • Walgreens (Thomasville and Valdosta)
    • Drive-Thru testing is available by appointment only.
  • Archbold Memorial Hospital
    • By appointment only. A referral from a healthcare provider is required.
  • SGMC Surgery Center in Valdosta
    • No appointment is necessary. The surgery center is located at 2417 N. Patterson Street in Valdosta. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:00pm.

Vaccination Sites

  • Brooks County Health Department
    • Call 229-263-7585 to schedule an appointment
  • South Georgia Medical Center, Valdosta
    • Call 229-433-1068 to schedule an appointment

Grady County


  • Cairo Internal Medicine 229.377.1100
    • Current patients only, walk-ins are welcome, but please call first
  • Cairo Community Care
    • 229.397.9064. $85 for a rapid test
  • Mainstreet Cairo
    • 229.307.2075. $125 self-pay
  • Walgreens
    • 1-800-Walgreens. 15 minute home test is $25. Drive-Thru testing is available by appointment only.
  • U Save IT
    • 229.377.4304. 10 minute home test is $24.99.
  • Walmart
    • 229.377.1394. Home tests are available, as well as walk-in testing. Please make an appointment online.

Vaccination Sites

  • Center Drugs (229) 377-2777
    • Call to make appointment
  • Cox Pharmacy (229) 377-9017
    • Call to make appointment or go to
  • Walmart (229) 377-1394
  • U Save It (229) 377-4304
    • Call to make appointment
  • Walgreens (229) 377-5510
  • Mainstreet Cairo (229) 307-2075
  • Grady Primary Care (229) 378-2214
    • No appointment needed
    • Archbold Memorial Hospital, Thomasville
      • Walk-in Clinic every Wednesday from 10 am – 6 pm in Williams Auditorium

Mitchell County


  • Camilla Medical Clinic
    • 229.351.4125.
  • Walgreens
    • 229.336.2976. Drive-Thru testing is available by appointment only
  • Phoebe Center
    • 229.336.5208. Asymptomatic testing is $50, while symptomatic testing is billed through insurance.
  • Medical Group of Mitchell County, Pelham Primary Care and Camilla Pediatrics
    • In order to receive a COVID-19 test, you must be an established patient and must have a telemedicine visit beforehand.

Vaccination Sites

  • Walgreens
  • Walmart
  • Pelham Pharmacy

Thomas County


  • Southwest Georgia Public Health
  • Thomasville Family Medicine
    • 229.228.4130 current patients only
  • Indigo Family Health
    • COVID-19 testing for established patients only
  • Primary Care of Southwest Georgia
    • 229.227.5510 for established and non-established patients. Must call ahead as testing is only offered 9 am-10 am Monday through Friday with limited slots.
  • Patients 1st Health and Wellness
    • 229.236.6601 established patients only for COVID-19 testing at curbside. Must call to schedule an appointment.
  • Direct Patient Care of Thomasville
    • 229.233.6326 established and non-established patients. Must call and schedule an appointment. $57 for rapid test.
  • Shaw Living
    • 229.226.8800 established patients only for COVID-19 testing. Must call and schedule an appointment.
  • Archbold COVID-19 testing site
    • Physician order needed for COVID-19 test
  • Archbold Primary Care
    • 229.584.4100 rapid testing for established patients only

Vaccination Sites

  • Southwest Georgia Public Health
  • Primary Care of Southwest Georgia
    • 229.221.3986 vaccines available for established and non-established patients. Please call to schedule an appointment.
  • Thomasville Family Medicine
    • 229.228.4130 vaccines available for established patients only. Please call to schedule an appointment.
  • McIntosh Clinic
    • 229.225.1900 vaccines available for established patients only.

Colquitt County


Decatur County


Dougherty County