Newsletter from the Coastal Health District (August 27, 2021)

The following information is courtesy of the Georgia Department of Public Health Coastal Health District


Weekly Update for 8.27.21
Reducing the strain on our EMS and Emergency Departments

COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the Coastal Health District and throughout the state, causing a tremendous strain on our healthcare infrastructure.

Just this week, all 8 of our Coastal Health District counties set new records for COVID-19 transmission, and our combined regional COVID hospitalizations are also at an all-time high. 

Because of this unprecedented demand, many hospitals have declared themselves "on diversion," meaning they are temporarily unable to provide normal emergency care to patients arriving by ambulance. Diversion is a term specific to ambulance transports and is a request to ambulances to transport patients to other local facilities, if possible.

Does that mean you shouldn't call 9-1-1?

You should absolutely call 9-1-1 and ask for assistance if you're having a medical emergency.

However, you should NOT call 9-1-1 or show up at the hospital emergency room for COVID-19 testing or vaccination. 


COVID-19 Vaccination:

COVID vaccination is available statewide and is our best tool for ending this pandemic and reducing the overwhelming strain on EMS, the healthcare system and healthcare providers. 

  • To find a free public health COVID vaccinations in the Coastal Health District, visit
  • For other vaccine locations in Georgia, visit

COVID-19 Testing:

COVID-19 testing is available in several pharmacies, urgent care centers, and health clinics. The Coastal Health District operates three free COVID-19 testing sites - one in Savannah, one in Brunswick, and one in St. Marys. 


Mobile Vaccination Clinics
in the Coastal Health District

The Coastal Health District and CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) offer mobile vaccination clinics throughout our area. The clinics are open to anyone age 12 and older, and there is no cost for vaccine.

The list below shows events scheduled through next weekend. You can pre-register for an appointment, but walk-ups are also welcome.

  • Connor's Temple Baptist Church
    509 W. Gwinnett St., Savannah
    Sat., August 28, 9a-11a
  • Food Drive @ Walthourville City Hall
    222 Busbee Rd., Walthourville
    Sat., August 28, 9a-1p
  • Cooper Center
    700 Davis Ave., Garden City
    Sat., August 28, 1p-4p
  • Adult Oral Health Clinic
    160 Priscilla D. Thomas Way, Garden City
    Sun., August 29, 8a-4p
  • Greater Emmanuel Tabernacle Church of Christ Holiness Unto the Lord
    1101 Stiles Ave., Savannah
    Mon., August 30, 5p-8p
  • Dorel Home
    1086 Oracal Pkwy., Ellabell
    Tues., August 31, 2p-5p
  • Russell Sports Bar
    1824 Norwich St., Brunswick
    Tues., August 31, 9a-2p
  • The Tiny Beet Lifestyle Medicine Pediatrics
    51 Johnny Mercer Blvd., Savannah
    Wed., September. 1, 1p-5p
  • Thrive Early Learning Center
    465 Harris Trail Rd.
    Fri., September 3, 2p-6p
  • Forsyth Farmer's Market
    2 W. Gaston St., Savannah
    Sat., September 4, 9a-1p
  • K&M Multiservice, LLC
    5584 Ogeechee Rd., Savannah
    Sat., September 4, 1p-4p
  • Paynes Chapel AME
    2200 Albany St., Brunswick
    Sat., September 4, 10a-2p
  • Back 2 School Nite @ Elks Lodge
    183 Wilshire Blvd., Savannah
    Sun., September 5, 2p-6p
  • Temple of Glory Community Church
    1105 Stiles Ave., Savannah
    Sunday, Sept. 5, 12:30p-3:30p
More Info about Mobile Vaccine Clinics

Your vaccine story

"I am proud to be part of the solution to our Covid-19 problem by being vaccinated. There are many people who cannot get vaccinated, or who do not have a strong immune response to the vaccine, and I wanted to help keep those people in my community safe even though I don't know them. I also have an immunocompromised parent and so for my family it was very important to use all safety measures available."

-Alys, Savannah 

Tell us your vaccine story!

If you've received the COVID-19 vaccine, why was that the right choice for you? We'd like to hear your COVID-19 vaccine story. We may share it here and at to help inform and inspire others. 

Click the button below and tell us Your Vaccine Story! 

Share Your Vaccine Story

Take Your Shot

This year, teens and young people across the country will take their shot and get vaccinated against COVID-19. This public service announcement features local youth from the Coastal Health District who are encouraging others to step up to the plate. 
Copyright © 2021 Coastal Health District, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you opted in via our website.

This article was originally published by The Landings Association on their website.

Visit to read the original article.