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DPH urge Georgians not to go to hospital ERs for COVID-19 testing
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Medical personnel administer COVID-19 tests at Rock Creek Park. - photo by Ben Hendren

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging Georgians not to go to hospital emergency departments for COVID-19 testing, according to a release by the DPH. 

“To help keep hospital emergency departments open to treat medical emergencies, individuals seeking COVID testing should not go to hospital emergency departments, unless they are experiencing severe COVID-19 symptoms requiring urgent medical attention,” the release said. “Asymptomatic individuals or individuals with mild symptoms should find testing sites other than hospital emergency departments.” 

COVID-19 testing locations are available throughout Georgia and can be found on the Georgia DPH website at https://dph.georgia.gov/covidtesting, the release said. 

“We are working with our lab partners to expand testing hours and add testing sites, however, lines will continue to be long as thousands of Georgians want to get tested,” the release said. 

To help alleviate delays at testing sites, the release recommended registering at the DPH testing website listed above before going to a DPH test site. Registering ahead of time will help to alleviate back-ups at the test sites and free up staff, the release said. 

The DPH continues to recommend considering COVID-19 vaccination and to be cautious to help prevent further spread by wearing a mask, social distancing and washing hands frequently, the release said. For more information about COVID-19 vaccination or to find a vaccination location, go to https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine