Infinite Energy Center hosting coronavirus testing event Friday

April 22, 2020 Duluth - Health care workers help  potential COVID-19 patients with their paperworks at a drive-through COVID-19 testing site for anyone who is experiencing symptoms at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. A drive-through COVID-19 testing center is open in Gwinnett County for anyone who is experiencing symptoms  — with no doctor’s orders necessary. The Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Department conducted 800 tests at the event venue, its second large-scale testing event in a week. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)
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April 22, 2020 Duluth - Health care workers help potential COVID-19 patients with their paperworks at a drive-through COVID-19 testing site for anyone who is experiencing symptoms at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. A drive-through COVID-19 testing center is open in Gwinnett County for anyone who is experiencing symptoms — with no doctor’s orders necessary. The Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Department conducted 800 tests at the event venue, its second large-scale testing event in a week. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

A second large-scale coronavirus testing event will be held at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth on Friday, Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Director Audrey Arona said.

The Friday event has the capacity to test 1,200 people. The first testing event at the venue two weeks ago served about 800 people.


Anyone who is experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, is eligible to get tested. Those symptoms include cough, fever and shortness of breath. Testing is free and the health department does not collect any insurance or financial information. Those who are tested should receive results within two days.

Tests will also come with a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich. The Atlanta-based fast food chain has donated the coupons to the department to help encourage people to get tested and reduce no-shows, Arona said at a Norcross City Council meeting Monday.

Appointments are required to get tested at the Infinite Energy Center event, which will be operated in a drive-through capacity. The Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Department typically conducts testing Monday through Saturday at its district offices in Lawrenceville and Covington.

To get tested at the Infinite Energy Center or the Lawrenceville or Covington test centers, call the health department at 770-513-5631. No doctor’s referral is required.

This event is part of an ongoing effort by the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Department to provide a large volume of tests at one-day events. The department has also held two similar testing days at the Conyers International Horse Park. One in Conyers last week attracted people from across metro Atlanta, coming from as far as Sandy Springs, Arona said.

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The number of delayed coronavirus test results from a handful of metro Atlanta testing sites has grown significantly.

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