A new COVID-19 test site is open at Wolf Creek Amphitheater, 3025 Merk Road tomorrow. The site’s operating hours are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.
“We’re very proud because one of the issues around the country is the lack of testing,” said Mayor William “Bill” Edwards in a video announcement. “Take advantage of this opportunity that we have for you.”
According to Fulton County Manager Dick Anderson, the drive-thru site has a daily capacity of up to 400. According to Mayor Edwards, the effort to bring the site to South Fulton was a collaboration between county and city leaders and local fire chiefs.
South Fulton residents won’t be able to access the site unless they have a patient under investigation (PUI) number and an appointment time assigned by the health department.
Residents who are interested in being tested or have questions about COVID-19 testing can call Fulton County Board of Health’s dedicated hotline at 404-613-8150. The call center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Individuals experiencing symptoms can speak with a nurse about their condition and learn more about their eligibility for testing. Once screened, and if eligible, a nurse can provide a PUI number.
Priority is being given to: adults age 60 and older; caregivers of individuals 60 and over or individuals who are immune-compromised; healthcare workers; patients with serious chronic or medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease; and those who work and live in a congregate setting.
Individuals who call Fulton County’s COVID-19 hotline should be prepared to provide information about their residency, most importantly their zip code. When visiting the testing site, identification must be presented.
Additional testing sites are being erected in Fulton County, and residents will soon be able to use the Augusta University Health mobile app. The app is part of a plan to screen, test and treat Georgia patients through an algorithm designed by experts at the Medical College of Georgia. This app is designed to enhance public health while reducing exposure for doctors, nurses and other medical staff.
Photo: Fulton County Manager Dick Anderson is joined at the Wolf Creek Amphitheater COVID-19 test site by Robb Pitts, Chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, and South Fulton Mayor William “Bill” Edwards (Credit: Fulton County)
Editor’s Note: Story updated on 4/23 at 1:44 p.m.