With the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant of COVID-19, our communities are seeing a surge in cases of the virus, as well as a higher demand for testing.
Wellstar, along with other Georgia health systems, has experienced high volumes at our facilities, particularly in emergency departments. Our dedicated care team continues to work hard to keep our community healthy, and our facilities will continue to provide life-saving care, including in emergencies when those we serve need us most.
However, to keep emergency care available to those with critical health needs, people should seek care at the facility most appropriate for their condition.
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you have several choices for testing and care. If you test positive, isolate from others, monitor your symptoms and contact your primary care provider to discuss treatment options.
If you have no symptoms
If you are asymptomatic but have a known or possible COVID-19 exposure, you can seek testing at an urgent care, primary care office or other testing site.
While Wellstar offers rapid and PCR testing at all of our urgent care centers, those locations are experiencing longer wait times due to high demand. Find a testing site near you on the Georgia Department of Public Health website.
If you have mild or moderate symptoms
Get tested if you have mild or moderate symptoms. If you test positive, your provider can help you determine the best course of treatment.
If your symptoms escalate and become more severe, go to an emergency department.
If you have severe symptoms
If you experience severe symptoms, immediately seek care at your nearest emergency department or call 911.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you seek emergency care if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pressure or pain in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake up or stay awake
- Pale, gray or blue-colored skin, lips or nail beds, depending on your skin tone
Even in a pandemic, it is important to not delay care for life-threatening emergencies, whether you have COVID-19 or are experiencing another health emergency like a stroke or heart attack. Our emergency care experts are here to care for you and your family in critical situations when you need us most.