For the near future, walk-ins will be accepted on a day-to-day basis, Paxton said. The county operates four permanent testing sites.
“It’s absolutely no secret there’s been a huge surge in testing demand as we have a huge surge in COVID itself,” Paxton said. “We have been essentially slammed.”
A report released Monday by the Fulton health department showed an increase in COVID-19 cases since mid-June. Georgia cases reached 106,727 on Thursday.
The director attributes the rise to people not wearing masks or social distancing.
“We are also victims of our own success in terms of getting people to come out to get tested,” she said.
Board of Health spokesperson Sheena Haynes said the county tested 27,788 from March 19 to June 14.
The county is implementing a new software system to meet the increased number of people getting tested and calling for results. The public can now schedule appointments online. Dates are scheduled according to when the location can meet the demand.
Test results take up to a week to come back from the laboratories, which are overloaded as well, Paxton said. The county has added a phone line for the public to call for the results.
Each person who tests positive with COVID-19 will receive a call from a case investigator inquiring about the patient’s recent interaction with others for “contact tracing” in order to identify others the positive patient may have infected. Tracking the disease is of such critical importance, the director urges the public to answer those calls, even though they will appear to be an unfamiliar number.
The department of health released a YouTube video explaining contact tracing in June.