DeKalb opens another COVID-19 testing site in hard hit area

050420 Decatur: Specimen collection volunteers take free COVID-19 tests from motorists at a pop-up site at the House of Hope on Monday, May 4, in Decatur. Pastors, local physicians, health ministers, and other community leaders united to encourage area residents to get tested.  Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com
050420 Decatur: Specimen collection volunteers take free COVID-19 tests from motorists at a pop-up site at the House of Hope on Monday, May 4, in Decatur. Pastors, local physicians, health ministers, and other community leaders united to encourage area residents to get tested. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Credit: Curtis Compton

Credit: Curtis Compton

The DeKalb County Board of Health will open another free COVID-19 testing site today in an area hit hard by the virus.

The new testing site is in the parking lot of the former K-Mart store at 5597 Buford Highway NE in Doraville, not far from I-285. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

As of last week, the Buford Highway corridor near Brookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville had more than 18% of DeKalb’s confirmed COVID-19 cases, officials said.

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“The DeKalb County Board of Health is doing its best to ensure that every resident that desires a COVID-19 test has access to one, particularly those in areas we know to have a high burden of infection,” Dr. Elizabeth Ford, DeKalb’s district health director, said in a news release.

Testing is free and open to all, but registration is required. Those interested in scheduling an appointment can visit dekalbhealth.net or call 404-294-3700 and selection Option 1.

The county also has testing available at several other locations:

  • Kingswood Church
    4896 N. Peachtree Rd., Dunwoody, Ga. 30338
  • Beulah Missionary Baptist Church
    2340 Clifton Springs Rd., Decatur, Ga. 30034
  • Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church
    1879 Glenwood Ave. SE, Atlanta, Ga. 30316
  • Rehoboth Baptist Church
    2997 Lawrenceville Hwy, Tucker, Ga. 30084
  • Salem Bible Church
    5460 Hillandale Dr., Stonecrest, Ga. 30058