At the testing tent, Natalie Ali, a nurse volunteer puts a sample taken from the driver into a medical bag to be taken for testing Friday, April 3, 2020. Ethne Health in partnership with the City of Clarkston, community churches and food banks provides free covid testing for people showing symptoms who live in the Clarkston area. Results will take approximately 3 days before results will be know. The corona virus testing will continue on Saturday. (Jenni Girtman for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Photo: Jenni Girtman
Photo: Jenni Girtman

COVID-19 testing site for pre-approved patients opens in Douglas County

The Cobb and Douglas Public Health Department on Friday has opened its second drive-through COVID-19 testing site for pre-approved patients.

The site launched April 10 at Hunter Memorial Park at 8830 Gurley Road in Douglasville. Douglas County has closed the park and its parking lots to the public to accommodate the health department’s needs.

Testing will be done by appointment only, and those who arrive at the site without a pre-approved number from the health department will be turned away.

In March, the health department opened its first drive-through testing site for high-risk workers at Jim Miller Park in Marietta. Valerie Crow, spokeswoman with the health department, said 612 tests have been conducted at Jim Miller Park. The positive test rate is slightly less than 20%, she said.

Douglas and Cobb County residents who have a pre-approval number and fever, cough and shortness of breath qualify for testing. Anyone without these symptoms will not be tested.

Patients can see if they qualify by calling their healthcare provider, a federally-qualified healthcare center or the Cobb & Douglas Public Health Call Center at 770-514-2300.

Once on the phone, it will be determined if a patient needs a test and and he or she will be scheduled to visit a drive-through site. They will also be given a pre-approval number they will present upon arrival. The health department said people fitting these additional classifications will be prioritized for testing:

•adults age 60 and older;

•caregiver for a person age 60 and older;

•caregiver for a person with a compromised immune system;

•first responder who is critical to the response to the pandemic;

•healthcare workers;

•a patient with serious chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease or lung disease; and

•a person who lives or works in places such as dormitories, homeless shelters or long-term care facilities like nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

For more information about the pandemic, call the Georgia COVID-19 hotline at (844) 442-2681.

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