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Officials urge Georgians to get tested after busy holiday weekend


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  • Sep. 11, 2020 - 5:30 PM

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Officials urge Georgians to get tested after busy holiday weekend

Courtesy Ga. Health News

State officials are urging Georgians to get tested for COVID-19 now that the long Labor Day weekend is over.

Gov. Brian Kemp and Dr. Kathleen Toomey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, said Thursday it is especially important for those who participated in large gatherings over the holiday to make an appointment at one of the more than 180 DPH testing locations across the state.

"Last week, we traveled the state asking Georgians to follow public health guidance and do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 over the Labor Day Weekend," Kemp said. "To prevent increased community spread following the holiday weekend, we are asking all Georgians who participated in gatherings, were not able to socially distance, or who may have been exposed to the virus to schedule a COVID-19 test.”

“To stop the spread of COVID-19, Georgians must be part of the solution and not the problem, as we have said from the beginning,” Kemp added. “By scheduling a test and continuing to do ‘Four Things for Fall,’ we can keep Georgia on the right track in the fight with COVID-19 and continue protecting lives and livelihoods."

"Testing is a key component in our fight to stop COVID-19," Toomey said. "Gov. Kemp and I are asking all Georgians who may be at risk of exposure to the virus after Labor Day to schedule a test at one of our testing sites throughout the state.”

Toomey reminded Georgians that flu season is approaching as well.

“I would also recommend that all Georgians go ahead and schedule a flu shot,” she said. “These two steps can mitigate community spread and keep Georgians healthy as we continue on a positive trajectory with the virus."

To schedule a COVID-19 test, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/covidtesting or www.DoINeedACOVID19Test.com .