COVID-19 Testing


Conveniently located in Dalton and Woodstock!

North GA – 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.

Free COVID-19 Testing is offered at MAKO Medical Drive-Thru Testing Sites in North Georgia through a partnership with the Georgia Department of Health. There are no eligibility requirements other than having a Georgia address and registering online at

The two drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in North Georgia are:

Edwards Park

115 Edwards Park Entrance, Dalton, GA 30721

Mon – Fri, 8 AM – 3 PM

First Baptist Church of Woodstock

11905 Highway 92, Woodstock, GA 30188

(Please enter via Trickum Rd/Gunnin Rd entrance)

Mon – Fri, 8 AM – 3 PM

**Please do not call these locations. No information is available by phone at these locations**

The test is performed with a nasal swab to determine the presence of the virus that causes COVID-19.

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



¡Convenientemente ubicado en Dalton y Woodstock!

Norte GA – Cualquier persona que tenga síntomas de tipo COVID-19 o que haya estado en contacto cercano recientemente con una persona infectada con el virus debe hacerse la prueba del COVID-19.

Las pruebas de COVID-19 gratuitas se ofrecen en el norte de Georgia en los sitios de pruebas médicas de MAKO, donde usted conduce para hacerse la prueba, a través de una asociación con el Departamento de Salud de Georgia. No existen requisitos de elegibilidad más que tener una dirección en Georgia y registrarse en línea en

Los dos sitios de prueba de COVID-19 en el norte de Georgia son:

Edwards Park

115 Edwards Park Entrance, Dalton, GA 30721

Lun – Vie, 8 AM – 3 PM

First Baptist Church of Woodstock

11905 Highway 92, Woodstock, GA 30188

(Ingrese por la entrada de Trickum Rd / Gunnin Rd)

Lun – Vie, 8 AM – 3 PM

**No llame a estos lugares. No hay información disponible por teléfono en estos lugares**

La prueba se realiza con un hisopo nasal para determinar la presencia del virus que causa COVID-19.

Más información sobre La Pruebas Gratuita de COVID-19 de MAKO Medical está disponible en el enlace de registro.

COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

Site Changes Underway for Public Health COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in North GA

North GA — Location changes are underway for some of the public health COVID-19 vaccination clinics in the North Georgia Health District, each of which are operating indoors.

These changes will allow more people to be vaccinated, so that as additional vaccine becomes available, health department staff will be in position to vaccinate larger numbers of people.

As of Monday, February 1, public health COVID-19 vaccination operations will be as follows in these North Georgia counties:

Cherokee County: Canton First Baptist Church, 1 Mission Point, Canton, GA 30114. Mon.–Thurs., 8 AM–3 PM, and Fri., 8 AM–3 PM.

Fannin County: Kiwanis Club of Blue Ridge, 124 Jones Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30213. Mon.–Thurs., 9 AM–12 PM & 1 PM–3:30 PM, and Fri., 9 AM–12 PM.

Gilmer County: Piedmont Community Center, 824 Industrial Blvd., Ellijay, GA 30540. Mon., Wed., Thurs., 9 AM–12 PM & 1 PM–3:30 PM, Tues., 9 AM–12 PM & 1 PM–5:30 PM, and Fri., 9 AM–12 PM.

Murray County: Murray County Parks and Recreation Department, 651 Hyden Tyler Road, Chatsworth, GA 30705. Mon.–Thurs., 9 AM–12 PM & 1 PM–3 PM, and Fri., 9 AM–12 PM

Pickens County: Pickens County Recreation Department, 1329 Camp Road, Jasper, GA 30143. Mon.–Thurs., 8 AM–12 PM & 1 PM–3 PM, and Fri., 8 AM–12 PM

Whitfield County: Whitfield County Health Department, 800 Professional Blvd, Dalton, GA 30720.

Mon., Wed., Thurs., 8 AM–3:30 PM, Tues., 8 AM–5:30 PM, and Fri., 8 AM–12 PM

The vaccine will continue to be offered at no out-of-pocket expense at all locations; insurance will be billed, but only if it is available. There will be no expense to any client, and anyone who does not have insurance will not be billed for the vaccination.

People who have received their first dose from the health department and were scheduled for their second dose at the original location, will need to go to the site where the health department is currently providing the vaccine.

The Whitfield County Health Department has storage capacity to offer both Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The other county health departments in the district offer Moderna vaccine.

Each health department is using its current stock of COVID-19 vaccine for appointments that already exist and for second doses. More vaccine is expected to arrive, although it is currently unclear when that will occur and in what quantities because it depends on the overall national supply.

As of January 28, a total of nearly 30,000 COVID-19 vaccinations were administered by the six county health departments in the North Georgia Health District.

When new appointment times are ready to be scheduled for residents who are currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccine, an announcement will be released to the public on the North Georgia Health District website at with instructions for appointment registration.

About Us: The North Georgia Health District is part of the Georgia Department of Public Health. One of 18 health districts in the state, the North Georgia Health District (District 1-2) is comprised of six counties: Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield. Many public health programs and services exist throughout the district, all of which are designed to meet the needs of the people of North Georgia. Learn more about us at, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

To access this press release on our website, please go to

Attached: Press Release in pdf

Jennifer King

Public Information Officer and

Risk Communicator

North Georgia Health District 1-2

Georgia Department of Public Health

1710 Whitehouse Court

Dalton, GA 30720

(706) 529-5757, x13191 (Office)

(706) 280-9115 (Cell)

(706) 529-5740 (Fax)



Early Voting Ends

Early In-Person Voting has officially ENDED! It’s time to drop off your absentee ballot in a drop box in your county (at the courthouse) or at your local elections office. Remember, you cannot return your absentee ballot at your polling place! 

Or make sure to vote in person on Tuesday, January 5th! Click here for Election Day FAQs.

If you voted by mail, please make sure to check the status of your absentee ballot by logging in to the My Voter Page.

And as always: Do you have questions? Or need assistance? Call the Voter Protection Hotline anytime at 1-888-730-5816.


Noah May, Co-Chair Gilmer County Democratic Committee

Answer the Call

To support the release of DPH’s newest content highlighting the case investigation and contact tracing process, a full-length Spanish version as well as 30-second English and Spanish versions are now available to the public. These videos are designed to increase the public’s awareness of what to expect during an interview with DPH and assure residents of the security behind the process.

Click here to watch the videos on DPH’s YouTube channel, and please share on social media with your friends and family. The more people we reach, the more we can connect the public with the care they need and stop the spread of COVID-19.

2020 Georgia Admendments

2020 Proposed Constitutional Amendments & Referenda On the 2020 General Election Ballot, voters will see ballot questions on proposed constitutional amendments and ballot referenda. Below, you’ll find each ballot question and a summary of the arguments.

Amendment 1: Authorizes dedication of fees and taxes to their intended purposes by general state law. “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to authorize the General Assembly to dedicate revenues derived from fees or taxes to the public purpose for which such fees or taxes were intended?”

This question asks if you want to give the Georgia legislature authority to use tax revenue to just go to the public purpose for which the money was intended, instead of an all-purpose fund. Right now, the government can use money dedicated to one purpose, like cleaning up tire dumps and blight, and put it towards broader use. Environmental advocates support this bill because since 1990, while Georgia has raised millions of dollars to clean up specific waste, roughly 40% of those dollars have gone to other purposes. Critics of the amendment say it would remove flexibility for how the government can use money.

However, there are conditions for the amendment — dedicated funding could not exceed 1% of the total state revenues from the previous year, and in an emergency, the governor and General Assembly would have the ability to temporarily suspend dedicated funds.

Amendment 2: Waives state and local immunity for violations of state laws, state and federal resolutions. “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to waive sovereign immunity and allow the people of Georgia to petition the superior court for relief from governmental acts done outside the scope of lawful authority or which violate the laws of this state, the Constitution of Georgia, or the Constitution of the United States?”

This question asks whether Georgians should have the right to sue local and state governments as well as elected officials and public employees in their official capacities to challenge laws that may be unconstitutional. A 2017 ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court largely eliminated the ability of Georgians to challenge the constitutionality of laws without the government’s permission. A bill seeking to restore this ability to Georgians was vetoed by Governor Deal and Governor Kemp, who cited concerns regarding lawsuits from people in mental health facilities and lawsuits involving breach of contract against government employees and officials.

Statewide Referendum: Establishes a tax exemption for certain real property owned by charities. “Shall the Act be approved which provides an exemption from ad valorem taxes for all real property owned by a purely public charity, if such charity is exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the federal Internal Revenue Code and such real property is held exclusively for the purpose of building or repairing single-family homes to be financed by such charity to individuals using loans that shall not bear interest?”

This question asks if 501(c)(3) organizations should be exempt from property taxes on property that is in their inventory that is intended for building or repairing single family homes. For example, if this were to pass, Habitat for Humanity Georgia would be exempt from property tax on the vacant lots they own for future building purposes.

Track absentee ballot progress online

ATLANTA (CBS46) – With so much confusion being sown about voting by mail and absentee ballots, Georgia is using a system that will allow you to track exactly where your absentee ballot is at all times.Voters can use Ballottrax to get constant updates through email, text messaging, and other methods. The system is part of Georgia’s “Secure the Vote” campaign.To use the system, you’ll need to register through the system. In order to track the ballot, you must have a valid absentee ballot request on file with your county board of elections. If you haven’t done that, go to < > to visit the online portal. Go to <> to use Ballottrax to follow your absentee ballot.

Updated Voter Information

The Georgia Voter Information page on ( has been updated with current Democratic Candidates and helpful links for confirming your voting status, WEBSITES FOR GEORGIA VOTERS (at the end).

Identification Requirements: Georgia requires residents to show photo identification when voting in person.  For more information, please click here.

Elections and Voter Registration Calendar: For information, please click here.

Democratic Candidates: To see who is on upcoming ballets, please click here.

Georgia VoteSafe Program:  State law requires the public availability of voter lists including names and address of registered voters. In 2009, the Georgia Legislature enacted a bill known as the VoteSafe program to provide for the confidentiality of residence addresses of certain registered voters who have been, or may be, subject to acts of family violence or stalking or currently reside in a family violence shelter.  For more information, please click here.


Georgia Onward

Dear Friend,

Since launching Georgia Onward last week, we have been thrilled and humbled by your response. So many of you have stepped UP to raise the funds our state legislative candidates need to WIN and FLIP Georgia. 

OUR ASKPlease forward this email to at least 5 friends who want to support Georgia legislative democratic candidates in the quickest, most efficient way.

Georgia Onward SOLELY exists to fully fund the 20 Georgia Legislative Democratic candidates most likely to flip seats in November.

How it works: Georgia Onward will equally distribute your contribution to 20 candidates (for example, your $100 >> $5 per candidate). This is the most effective way to “bundle” for local candidates who may be off your radar, but key to Georgia’s future.

Your single contribution to Georgia Onward will have the greatest impact in flipping the Georgia state house in 2020!

Please help us hit our goal of $56,000 by NEXT MONDAY so we can get resources to local candidates who need them.

Remember: change starts at home.

Lindy Miller

2020 Democratic National Convention

CBS News, AUG 17 – How to watch the 2020 Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention will take place virtually August 17-20, with keynote speakers from 9-11 p.m. ET each night. Joe Biden will formally accept the nomination for president on Thursday night and Kamala Harris will accept the nomination for vice president on Wednesday.

The list of speakers includes Michelle Obama on Monday, Jill Biden on Tuesday and former President Obama on Wednesday.  Biden will accept the nomination virtually from his home state of Delaware, rather than traveling to Milwaukee.

CBSN will provide live coverage and analysis throughout the day all week, with full coverage beginning at 5 p.m. ET on “Red & Blue,” with Elaine Quijano. At 8:30 p.m. ET, tune in for an advance of each night’s convention speakers, and again at 11 p.m. ET for post-convention analysis.

From 10-11 p.m. ET each night, CBSN and CBS television stations will simulcast live coverage anchored by “CBS Evening News” anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell. 

Coverage will include reporting from CBSN politics reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns, CBS News correspondents and campaign reporters, plus the latest on the state of the race from CBS News elections and surveys director Anthony Salvanto. Reporters from around the country will provide perspectives as part of CBSN’s “Local Matters” series.

Download the free CBS News app for full CBSN coverage and live convention updates. CBSN streaming is available on all major platforms, including iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon, Apple, Samsung,and Pluto.