Walmart, State to Open New COVID-19 Test Center to Service Rural Georgia

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Walmart, a federal health and state processor, are teaming up to offer a new driving-impaired coronavirus testing service in locations in southern, central and eastern Georgia.

Governor Brian Kemp’s office announced on Sunday that Walmart and the entrepreneur eTrueNorth will operate test drive sites that will alternate between the towns of Tifton, Milledgeville and Hephzibah, a small town near Augusta.

“Serving Augusta, Milledgeville, Tifton and surrounding areas, this mobile unit will be a revolutionary step in our efforts to ensure access to COVID-19 across Georgia,” Kemp said in a press release. “Increased testing is essential as we continue the measured process of safely reopening parts of our state, and I am grateful to our many partners at Walmart, eTrueNorth and those communities who provided support to put this operation into motion online.

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The test site will open on Monday at Diamond Lakes Regional Park, 4335 Windsor Spring Road in Hephzibah. Weather permitting, it will operate on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesdays and Saturdays, it will operate from 10h to 15h. at 240 Lawrence Road. in Milledgeville.
Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., it will operate at the Tift County National Guard Armory at 3111 U.S. 41 South in Tifton.

Georgians who show symptoms of COVID-19 can take a test by appointment. First responders and healthcare workers can be tested by appointment, whether or not they have symptoms, the statement said.

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An appointment for a test can be made on www.DoINeedACOVID19Test.com.

Kemp has made it a priority to expand testing in Georgia, which has lagged many other states in terms of per capita testing. Public health experts say Georgia and other states need substantial acceleration of testing to isolate the virus and future epidemics.

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