Note: The following item was provided by the Northwest Public Health District. – KtE

ROME, GA: The Georgia Department of Public Health has contracted with MAKO Medical to provide free COVID-19 testing at convenient locations around the state. In Northwest Georgia, MAKO Medical will provide free drive-up COVID-19 testing in Bartow County on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Thursday, August 26 and in Catoosa County on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Wednesday, August 25.  

There are no eligibility requirements for free testing at either site other than having a Georgia address and registering online at  

For those without internet access, assistance with registration by telephone is available at 919-351-6256.

MAKO Medical will provide test results within two to three days by either signing up for their portal at or by opting for notification via text message during the registration process.

Test sites and dates are:

Bartow County (beginning Thursday, August 26)

Tuesdays and Thursdays weekly

10 am to 7 PM

LakePointe Sports Complex

261 Stars Way

Emerson, GA 30121

Catoosa County (beginning Wednesday, August 25)

Mondays and Wednesdays weekly

10 AM to 7 PM

The Colonnade

264 Catoosa Circle

Ringgold, GA 30736

The PCR testing is done by nasal swab to determine the presence of the virus that causes COVID-19. Anyone who has COVID-19 type symptoms or has been in close contact recently with a person infected with the virus needs to be tested for COVID-19, even if they are fully vaccinated.

More information about MAKO Medical’s free COVID-19 testing is available at the registration link.

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The former Editor of The Polk County Standard Journal and a journalist with more than a decade of experience in Northwest Georgia, Kevin Myrick is the Editor and Publisher of Polk.Today. An Auburn graduate,...