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COVID-19 testing ends at Rock Creek Park
COVID-19 Testing
During the first day of testing at Rock Creek Park, state and local officials spoke to members of the media about the testing site's scope and purpose. - photo by Ben Hendren

After more than a month of operation, the COVID-19 testing site at Rock Creek Park in Dawson County has closed, so the Georgia Department of Public Health can transition its focus to research on new non-invasive testing options in the state. 

According to DPH press release, the Dawson County testing site was one of nine locations statewide that ended operation on Saturday.

Throughout the month of operation at Rock Creek Park, officials said that over 1,500 people were tested for COVID-19. To date, more than 44,000 people have been tested at AU Health and it’s partnered sites, the release said. 

DPH will continue to partner with the Georgia National Guard and Augusta University to operate 136 other specimen collection sites throughout the state, the release said. 

“This partnership with the Guard and Augusta University was invaluable to the COVID-19 response in Georgia,” Georgia Department of Public Health commissioner Kathleen E. Toomey, said in the release. “We are grateful for their service to all Georgians, and for the support and capacity they provided DPH to increase testing for COVID-19.” 

Though the testing site at Rock Creek Park has ended, COVID-19 testing is still available to all Georgias. Regardless of whether they have symptoms or not, the release said. 

Individuals wanting to be tested should contact their local health department and locate a local testing site by visiting dph.ga.gov.

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