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Posted on: March 26, 2020

COVID-19 Drive Through Testing Available for Specific Individuals with Doctor Referral

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On March 17, Gwinnett, Newton & Rockdale County Health Departments opened a COVID-19 drive-through pilot site in Covington to test symptomatic (ill) front-line health care workers, first responders and high-risk, vulnerable populations.

The drive-through facility is by appointment only and are NOT open to the general public. These collection sites are only for individuals who have a medical-provider referral through the Department of Public Health’s referral system or meet the following criteria for testing

  • Those serving on the front lines as a healthcare worker, first responder, long-term care facility, or law enforcement (or their families).
  • Individuals caring for the elderly (defined by CDC as 65 years of age and older) or individuals with chronic, underlying health conditions.
  • Individuals working in a congregate setting such as a long-term care facility, assisted living facility, etc. (or their families).
  • The elderly (defined by CDC as 65 years of age and older) or individuals with chronic, underlying health conditions.

Because testing supplies are limited, current testing is limited to the individual in the categories above. Identifying infection in these populations may have a significant impact on our healthcare system.

More information is available on the Health Department’s website at www.gnrhealth.com/covid-19-info. Additional information about COVID-19 can be found at https://dph.georgia.gov/ and https://cdc.gov.

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