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First Day Of Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing For High-Risk Workers Held in Cobb County

COBB COUNTY, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) -- About 13 people considered as high-risk workers were able to get tested for coronavirus at a pavilion at Jim Miller Park, according to Cobb County officials. The site opened for the first time today.

They say the workers who qualify as high risk include first responders, health care and nursing home workers.

Officials say there is a process they must follow before arriving at the testing site. They must be referred through a physician and provided with a Person Under Investigation (PUI) number they have to present before the test.

Ross Cavitt, a communications director for Cobb County, indicated there are no set hours, as the testing will be based on the number of people who come on a daily basis.

Cavit confirmed Cobb & Douglas Public Health oversees the testing site, and he said they may expand if more testing kits come it. He said they initially received less than 50. Cavit also confirmed all 13 districts plan to start drive-thru testing.

Cobb & Douglas Public Health Director of Communications Valerie Crow provided these details:

"Cobb & Douglas Public Health is working with federal, state and local partners to expand COVID-19 testing to our community as quickly as possible. We are slowly rolling this process out and will test as many as we have tests for.

Current testing is prioritized ONLY for those at highest risk that have symptoms, including healthcare workers, first-responders, people living in congregate settings where the disease can spread rapidly (dorms, homeless shelters, long-term care facilities), or that have contact with a confirmed case. If any of these individuals had the virus, it would have a dramatic impact on many individuals in the community.

Keep in mind that COVID-19 testing will not be provided to the general community at this time. Testing is by appointment-only and testing days and times may vary.

Individuals who may be experiencing mild symptoms are encouraged to isolate at home and treat their symptoms with over the counter medicine. If that doesn't help, call a primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, a local federally qualified healthcare center or in extreme cases, call 911. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.

The referral process:
Healthcare providers assess the individual and determine if they need to be tested. The provider will send the name to the Georgia of Dept. Health to be approved and then DPH will give us the names of the individuals that need to be tested in our district."

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