Southeast Georgia Health System Asks Community to Help Reduce Long Waits in Emergency Care and Immediate Care Centers

With the highly contagious Omicron variant of COVID-19 spreading rapidly through Glynn and Camden counties, Southeast Georgia Health System Emergency Care Centers and Immediate Care Centers are being overwhelmed with patients seeking COVID-19 tests.

“Unfortunately, our Emergency and Immediate Care Centers are severely overcrowded with patients seeking COVID-19 tests because they’ve been exposed or are experiencing mild symptoms. We’re asking the community to please consider their level of urgency when seeking care at one of our Centers,” said Michael D. Scherneck, president and CEO. “Those who have been exposed to COVID-19 and want a test, or those who are experiencing mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms should visit their local pharmacy or a local test site. It is important that our staff be available to care for the patients who are seriously ill or who require urgent medical attention.”

The Department of Public Health offers free drive-through COVID-19 tests in Glynn County at 3011 Kemble Avenue in the parking lot across from the Health System’s Emergency Care Center, Monday-Saturday (with the exception of January 1), 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. To pre-register for a COVID-19 test, visit or call 912-230-9744.

Free walk-in COVID-19 tests are also available in Camden County, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at 202 Lakeshore Drive in St. Marys. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by calling Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Primary Care at 912-882-6767. The location will be closed on Friday, Dec. 31.

Health System providers and leaders continue to recommend prevention as the best option against COVID-19. “This variant is highly contagious. With everyone gathering together during the holidays, we’re seeing clusters of family members test positive,” said Scherneck. “Your best protection is to get vaccinated, get boosted, wash your hands frequently, social distance and wear a mask in public settings.”

Scherneck added, “Of course, as always, we are here for the patients who need us. If you’re having any type of serious medical emergency or injury, you should immediately go to our Emergency Care Center or call 9-1-1.”

The Health System’s website offers information on how to manage COVID-19 at home. Learn more at