State Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey stressed there is no evidence of community spread in Georgia.
"We are not there, at this time, in this state, and we will continue to be monitoring this case closely,” Toomey said.
Her office has ordered additional testing kits from the CDC. Public health clinics are not currently capable of conducting the tests, which must be conducted in labs by trained clinicians wearing protective gear.
"This is not your rapid strep test when you go into the urgent care clinic and an hour later you're leaving with a result," Adams said.
Samples from nose and mouth swabs must be transported using special safety protocols to area labs. It can take technicians four to six hours to test a sample.
"It's important for people to know that the more we test, the more we're going to find," he said of COVID-19 cases.
While there is no evidence of community spread, it is time to prepare for the possibility, Adams said.
“Schools, businesses, churches, should all be thinking about and doing tabletop exercises to say, ‘What will be our triggers when we close a school? Or when we pull down an event?’” he said.