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DPH announces hotline to order at-home tests, gives report of weekly COVID-19 case numbers
Medical personnel administer COVID-19 tests at Rock Creek Park. - photo by Ben Hendren

In a press release this week by the District 2 Department of Public Health (DPH), the DPH announced the creation of a hotline to order at-home test kits and reported the weekly number of COVID-19 cases in Dawson County. 

According to the release, at-home COVID-19 test kits can now be ordered either online or over the phone for free.

“Ordering at-home COVID test kits has been made easier,” the release said. “There is now a hotline available in addition to the online ordering option.” 

All U.S. residents can order free at-home test kits online by visiting or by calling the ordering hotline at 1-800-232-0233 to place an order with the automated system, the release said. The website states that every home in the U.S. is eligible to order four free at-home tests and that tests will ship within seven to 12 days. 

The release added that the county health departments are not distributing at-home test kits or N95 masks to residents, but that District 2 Public Health will continue to operate the PCR drive-thru testing locations in Forsyth, Franklin, Hall, Habersham, Lumpkin, Stephens, Rabun and Union counties. 

According to the numbers released by the DPH, as of Jan. 20, or the end of last week, Dawson County had 5,572 total positive cases, and the 14-day case rate per 100,000 people was 2,176.

The release said that the percent positive over the last two weeks is 36.1 percent, and the county has seen 367 total hospitalizations and 83 total deaths. 

The DPH release also detailed the most updated vaccine numbers, reporting that as of Jan. 20 25,037 vaccines have been administered in the county. According to the release, this means that 11,189 people, or 46 percent of residents, have received one dose, and 10,344 people, or 42 percent of residents, have been fully vaccinated. 

For more information and to view the DPH’s full reports on the most updated COVID-19 numbers in the county, go to