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State launching rotating COVID-19 mobile testing

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ATLANTA - A mobile COVID-19 testing unit will begin rotating between the Augusta area, Milledgeville and Tifton starting Monday, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Sunday.

The new initiative is an effort to increase access to testing for coronavirus in parts of Georgia where tests have not been readily available, Kemp said.

The new drive-through sites will be supported by Walmart, eTrueNorth – a federal healthcare contractor - and state and local officials.

The sites will test Georgians who are showing signs of COVID-19 as well as first responders, whether or not they have symptoms of the virus. While appointments can be made at www. DoINeedaCOVID19test.com, on-site scheduling also will be available.

Those being tested should remain in their cars for verification of eligibility criteria and an ID check. The test will not be available to people on foot.

A self-administered nasal swab will be used to conduct the test. However a trained medical professional will observe to make sure the test is done correctly.

Processing of tests will be handled by eTrueNorth, which will send results to those tested. The sites will be staffed by volunteers, including Walmart health-care professionals and eTrueNorth team members.

Weather permitting, tests will be conducted Mondays and Tuesdays at Diamond Lakes Regional Park in Hephzibah, Wednesdays and Saturdays across from 240 Lawrence Road in Milledgeville, and Thursdays and Fridays at the Tift County National Guard Armory in Tifton.