Georgia opens mega-testing sites in Marietta, Stonecrest

As the number of COVID-19 cases rises in Georgia, health officials are responding by opening two mega testing sites on Monday.

“We tested a record 70,047 tests last week and that does not include private testing sites and labs,” DPH director of health protection David Newton said.

“As there has been an increase in the virus, the increased demand for testing at our other sites has forced us to open more sites,” Newton said.

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The Cobb County site is located at Jim Miller Park (Gate 1) located at 1295 Al Bishop Drive in Marietta. The DeKalb County site is located at 2994 Turner Hill Road in Stonecrest.

“If you feel like you need to get tested, or if you are advised to get tested, take a look at our website, we have testing sites all over our state,” Williams said.

Residents of both regions said the new sites filled a void.

“Last week, Christmas week, I tried and nothing… that’s when I was really sick,” recalls Marcie Okechukwu.

Ms Okechukwu struggled to find a testing site that had COVID-19 PCR testing.

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She and many others were thrilled that the Department of Health had opened two new sites in Cobb and DeKalb.

“I couldn’t, I couldn’t. I even turned to emergency care. I went online and couldn’t get an appointment because they were all booked. I’m so glad that it opened up, ”replied the DeKalb resident.

“As there has been an increase in the virus, the increased demand for testing sites also exists. This requires us to open two new sites,” commented Mr. David Newton, DPH Dir OF Heath Protection.

Health officials say the highly contagious Omicron variant, coupled with family gatherings for the holidays, has led to an increase in tests and cases.

“At Christmas, being around the family afterwards, several family members tested positive,” said Immanuel Williams, Cobb County resident.

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