DPH lists free COVID testing sites

Because the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the local area, several closures and other measures are currently being enacted.

The following is a list of closures and changes as known at press time Wednesday:


• The Griffin-Spalding County School System has switched back to a virtual learning model. Students returned to virtual at-home learning when second semester classes resumed Wednesday. The decision will be reevaluated in the coming weeks with a possible return to in-person learning on Jan. 19.

• All GSCSS students and children in the community will be able to to pick up free multi-day breakfast and lunch packets beginning Jan. 12. The packets will be available for pickup from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the bus ramps at Anne Street Elementary, Atkinson Elementary, Beaverbrook Elementary, Carver Road Middle, Cowan Road Middle, Griffin High School and Spalding High School.

Meals will also be provided to children with special needs ages 21 and younger.

• The city of Griffin’s customer service drive through will have temporary hours through Friday due to low staffing from COVID-19 exposure. The city’s drive through will be open from noon to 6 p.m. during this time. If possible, customers may use the drop box on Bank Street or make payments online. Customers should also expect longer wait times inside the lobby or by phone due to reduced staff.


• The office of the Pike County Magistrate Court and Clerk is closed through Jan. 18 after a judicial emergency order was enacted as two of four employees in the office have been diagnosed with COVID-19. This is the only Pike County court affected by the order at this time.


• The Upson County Utilities Office will be closed to the public through Friday due to COVID-19 exposure. The situation will be reevaluated at that time.

Utility payments will not be accepted face to face as public access will be suspended until Friday. Payments will be accepted at the drop box on West Gordon Street, by phone at 706-647-3513 or by online payment at www.upsoncountyga.org.

The Utilities Department may be reached at 706-647-3513 to set up an appointment for new service, to make changes to existing service or to cancel service.

• Thomaston’s Municipal Court will be issuing notifications for a new court date when a new date is determined. Those with questions regarding court may contact Court Clerk Candice Chatman, at 706-647-5455.

• Upson County’s Tag and Tax Office Lobby will be closed to the public through Jan. 19 or until further notice. The office will be staffed during this closure to handle all tag, title and tax transactions by phone at 706-647-8931.

Forms and envelopes that may be needed for title work and payments are now provided on a table inside the office and a drop box on the tax commissioner’s door may be used for paperwork and payments. Tag renewal stickers and plates will be mailed out promptly on the day of completion. Make sure to include a phone number on paperwork and checks.

Customers are encouraged to use the office’s online services available on the Upson County website.

• The Thomaston-Upson School System has pushed the opening date for its second semester to Jan. 11.


• Due to the number of Butts County School System staff members needing to satisfy quarantine recommendations, the BCSS resumed classes today in an all-virtual setting. The school system is planning to resume face-to-face instruction and a return to campus Jan. 19 after the Martin Luther King holiday.