CDPH: Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms can get a free test

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Dr. Janet Memark, medical director for Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH), said Wednesday that anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 can now be tested for free at the drive-through testing site at Hunter Park in Douglasville.

Testing in Georgia has been ramping up over the past few weeks as Gov. Brian Kemp began allowing some businesses to reopen, if they choose to, with safety protocols in place.

Memark pointed out that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded the symptom list for COVID-19 to include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills and repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.

Memark said anyone with any of these symptoms can now be tested at public health testing sites including Hunter Park and Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta.

She said a doctor’s referral to be tested is no longer required as it had been in the past.

“If someone has just one symptom, they will be tested,” Memark said.

She said the easiest way to get an appointment to be tested is to fill out the form online at CDPH’s new online test portal at www.CDPHCOVID19testing.org

Memark said public health departments in Georgia have what are called expanded-role nurses, who will screen your submitted form, determine if you qualify for a test based on the information you submit and send you an appointment time. Memark said testing is free of charge.

Douglas County had 304 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of early Wednesday afternoon. The death toll from the disease in the county was at 11 Wednesday, up from eight one week ago. There had been 93 hospitalizations in the county as of Wednesday.

Statewide, there were 25,274 confirmed cases, 1,052 deaths and 4,948 hospitalizations as of Wednesday, according to the state Department of Public Health.

There have been more than a million confirmed cases in the United States and more than 59,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.