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Rapid testing site opens at Ga. Tech


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  • Apr. 06, 2020 - 2:23 PM

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CVS began operating a drive-thru rapid COVID-19 testing site at Georgia Tech Monday.

At full capacity, the site will be able to conduct up to 1,000 tests per day, increasing public access to testing.

"Increased access to rapid testing remains one of our top priorities in order to identify more cases, get Georgians the care they need, and prevent further infection in our communities," said Gov. Brian Kemp in a press release. "This unique, public-private partnership will strengthen our testing capability as we continue to take the fight to COVID-19 in Georgia, and we are grateful for CVS Health's support to stop the spread of the virus."

Testing will take place at a parking deck on Georgia Tech's campus, where officials will be able to accommodate multiple lanes of cars at one time. Health care providers, including nurse practitioners and physician assistants from MinuteClinic, the company's retail medical clinic, will be onsite to oversee testing.

The process will take approximately 30 minutes from specimen collection to delivery of results. For a same-day appointment, patients will need to register in advance online at www.CVS.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing .

“CVS Health is uniquely positioned to play a vital role in helping support both local communities and the overall health care system in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H, executive vice President and chief medical officer of CVS Health. “Our ability to help coordinate the availability of rapid COVID-19 testing for Georgia citizens will bolster the state’s efforts to manage the spread of the virus and provide people with on-the-spot test results.”

Testing will be available by appointment seven days a week. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Testing will take place at 352 Peachtree Place in Atlanta.

Frequently asked questions:

What is the registration process?

Rapid COVID-19 testing will be available to eligible individuals who meet criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in addition to state residency and age guidelines. Patients will need to pre-register in advance online at CVS.com in order to schedule a same-day time slot to be tested.

When patients arrive at the test site, they are required to stay in their vehicles. Team members on site will check their registration and direct them through the testing process.

For more information about test site locations, hours of operations and how to register for a test, please visit www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing .

How much will the tests cost for individuals?

Testing is currently available at no charge to the public.

How long will the process take per patient? How long will it take to get the results?

The process will take approximately 30 minutes from the swab to the results.

Will walk-up testing be allowed for those who don’t have cars?

No, for the safety of patients and health care providers on site, testing is limited to drive-thru testing only.

Can anyone drive up and get a test?

No. patients will need to register and verify their eligibility for testing. Once they have done so, the patient will be provided with an appointment window online.