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DPH gives weekly COVID update, announces opening of two mega testing sites
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This May 4, 2020, file photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, shows the first patient enrolled in Pfizer's COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. On Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, Pfizer said an early peek at its vaccine data suggests the shots may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19. (Courtesy of University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP, File)

The Department of Public Health released its weekly report of COVID-19 cases in Dawson and the surrounding counties, and has also announced the opening of two new “mega testing sites” in Cobb and Dekalb counties. 

According to the DPH weekly update, as of Jan. 6, the end of last week, the number of positive COVID-19 cases are still rising in Dawson County. The county has seen 4,859 total positive cases, an increase of 273 cases from the previous week’s report, and the 14 day case rate per 100,000 people is 1,843. 

The release said that the percent positive over the last two weeks is 33.7 percent, and the county has seen 360 total hospitalizations and 78 total deaths. 

The DPH also released the most updated vaccine numbers, reporting that 24,622 vaccines have been administered in the county. According to the release, this means that 11,119 people, or 45 percent of residents, have received one dose, and 10,299 people, or 42 percent of residents, have been fully vaccinated. 

The DPH also announced the opening of two COVID-19 “mega-testing sites” in Cobb and Dekalb counties. According to a release by the DPH about the sites, they have been set up by the DPH in partnership with Dekalb County Board of Health, Cobb and Douglas Health Department and Viral Solutions. 

The Cobb County site is located at Jim Miller Park Gate 1; 1295 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta, Ga, 30008. The Dekalb County site is located at 2994 Turner Hill Road, Stonecrest, Ga, 30038. Both sites are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sites close every day from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. for a lunch break. 

The release said that an appointment is required to be tested. Testing is free to all Georgians, but insurance will be billed if it is available. 

For more information about the mega testing sites, go to https://viralsolutionsga.com/. To register online and make an appointment, go to https://patientportal.advancemd.com/146518/onlinescheduling/existing

The release added that the DPH will discuss further testing sites to install in other areas in the future. 

“DPH is in ongoing discussions to identify and stand up additional sites to give Georgians more options when seeking COVID-19 testing,” the release said. “DPH will send updates as new sites are established.” 

To learn more about COVID-19 testing or vaccines near you, go to www.phdistrict2.org

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