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Cherokee County, GA – The Cherokee County Health Department Health Centers in Canton and Woodstock will close at 10:30 AM on Friday, January 7th for a joint staff meeting. Although both health centers normally operate on shorter hours on Fridays to allow for longer hours of service on Tuesdays, we apologize for any inconvenience that may be caused by the early closing this Friday. Please find all public health services provided in Cherokee County, along with clinic hours, contact information and locations, at

Line for COVID 19 Testing in Woodstock Must Close When at Full CapacityWoodstock, GA – Due to currently high volumes of people seeking testing at the MAKO Medical COVID-19 Drive-thru Testing Site at JJ Biello Park in Woodstock, testing lines must close when the site reaches full capacity each day. This is a temporary measure to ensure that everyone waiting in line may be tested prior to site closing at 3 PM. Therefore, at this time, the best advice to anyone needing testing at the site is to arrive before 1:30 PM.

The address for the MAKO Medical COVID-19 testing site in Woodstock is JJ Biello Park, Riverside Athletic Complex, 610 Druw Cameron Court, Woodstock, GA 30188. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 3 PM. PCR nasal-swab testing is provided at this site and it is free. Prior to arrival, please register online at

Find more information and additional MAKO Medical COVID-19 testing sites in the North Georgia Health District at

A list of both commercial and free COVID-19 testing sites are available on the Georgia Department of Public Health website at

Due to the potential for winter weather and unsafe road conditions, all MAKO Medical COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites that open on Mondays in the North Georgia Health District will delay opening until 10 AM on Monday, January 3rd. This delay includes the MAKO testing sites that are located in Cherokee, Gilmer, Murray and Whitfield counties (see We apologize for this inconvenience. To find all COVID-19 testing providers in Georgia, log onto

Screening Tests

Two tests help prevent cervical cancer or find it early—

  • The Pap test (or Pap smear) looks for precancers, which are cell changes on the cervix that might become cervical cancer if they are not treated appropriately.
  • The human papillomavirus (HPV) test looks for the virus that can cause these cell changes.

Screening Options

You should get your first Pap test at age 21. If your test result is normal, you can wait three years for your next test.

If you’re 30 years old or older, you have three options—

  • You can continue getting a Pap test only.
  • If your test result is normal, you can wait three years for your next test.
  • You can get an HPV test only. If your test result is normal, you can wait five years for your next test.You can get both an HPV
     Worried about the cost?

    If you have a low income or don’t have health insurance, you may qualify for free or low-cost cervical cancer screening through CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.

    and Pap test together. If your test results are normal, you can wait five years for your next tests.

HPV Vaccine

The HPV vaccine protects against the types of HPV that most often cause cervical cancers. HPV can also cause other kinds of cancer in both men and women.

  • HPV vaccination is recommended for preteens aged 11 to 12 years, but can be given starting at age 9.
  • HPV vaccine also is recommended for everyone through age 26 years, if they are not vaccinated already.
  • HPV vaccination is not recommended for everyone older than age 26 years. However, some adults age 27 through 45 years who are not already vaccinated may decide to get the HPV vaccine after speaking with their doctor about their risk for new HPV infections and the possible benefits of vaccination. HPV vaccination in this age range provides less benefit, as more people have already been exposed to HPV.

HPV vaccination prevents new HPV infections, but does not treat existing infections or diseases. This is why the HPV vaccine works best when given before any exposure to HPV. You should get screened for cervical cancer regularly, even if you received an HPV vaccine.


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This page, as published on the CDC website, was last reviewed: December 14, 2021