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Mobile COVID-19 testing site at health department Friday.

The South Central Health District will have a mobile COVID-19 testing site at the Bleckley County Health Department July 10 from 9 am to 1 pm. No referral needed, drive up, remain in your car to be tested. Please wear a mask to the test. The health department is located at 162 North Eighth Street. Call (478)275-6570 for more information.

Cochran FUMC delaying return to in-person services due to ongoing coronavirus threat.

Cochran First United Methodist Church had originally planned to resume in-person services this Sunday. But a post on the church Facebook page Thursday stated they would be delaying the return until after July 13 "due to the continuing prevalence and threat of COVID-19 in our area."

Local church cancels in-person services for remainder of month after member tests positive for COVID

Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church announced that in-person services would be cancelled for the remainder of June following one of their members testing positive for COVID-19. According to post on the church Facebook page, the member was tested as part of a routine checkup. The individual has been asymptomatic and is quarantining at home for the next 14 days. The post goes on to say while the individual did attend last week’s service, members shouldn’t panic because of social distancing precautions that were observed both during and after the service. Sunday morning services will be streamed via Facebook at 11 am for the next two weeks. In-person services are scheduled to resume July 5.

Mobile COVID-19 testing unit at Bleckley Health Department.

South Central Health District will have a mobile COVID-19 testing unit at the Bleckley County Health Department, 152 Eighth Street NW, June 19 from 9 am to 1 pm and on June 26 from 1-4 pm. The unit will be in the parking lot. Drive up, remain in your car to be tested. No appointment nor referral required. Call (478)275-6570 for more information.

Mobile COVID-19 testing site at Heartland EMS May 29.

The South Central Health District will have a mobile COVID-19 testing site at Heartland EMS in Cochran, 266 Lucas Road, May 29 from 9 am-1 pm.  No appointment  or referral is needed.  Call (478)275-6570 for more information.

Mobile COVID-19 testing unit coming to Cochran.

The South Central Health District will have a mobile COVID-19 testing unit at the Bleckley County Health Department, 152 Eighth Street, April 30 and May 5 from 9 am-1 pm. The unit will be set up in front of a tent at the department. Anyone experiencing even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms (IE: sore throat, fever) can drive up and be tested without a doctor's referral. Call (478)275-6545 for more information.

Red Cross tries to keep everyone safe while still filling the need.

Red Cross tries to keep everyone safe while still filling the need.
 The coronavirus pandemic has increased the Red Cross’s need for clean blood donations. Monday afternoon, they group held a second drive inside the main room of the county extension office. Numerous safety protocols were used to protect those working as well as potential donors. Anyone entering had to have their temperature taken by someone who used fresh gloves and a sterilized thermometer each time. All persons entering were given masks to wear. Those collecting blood also had masks. Tables were set further apart for social distancing purposes. You can read more about the steps being taken to ensure both worker and donor safety by going to redcrossblood.org The next drive in Cochran will be June 15.