NEW Pop-Up COVID-19 Testing Locations Added!
Cobb & Douglas Public Health and CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) have teamed up to offer free pop-up COVID-19 testing.
Pre-registration is preferred. Visit: www.CDPHcovid19testing.org.
Tuesday, August 11
Word Of Faith Family Worship Cathedral
212 Riverside Parkway
Austell, GA 30168
1:00 -7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 12
Douglasville Town Center
5989 Stewart Parkway
Douglasville, GA 30135
1:00 -7:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 13
135 Riverside Pkwy
Austell, GA 30168
1:00 -7:00 p.m.
CDPH also has testing sites at Jim Miller Park in Cobb County and at the Douglas Public Health Center in Douglas County.
ANYONE can now be tested for FREE, regardless of symptoms. To be tested, you must submit an online testing referral form.
Jim Miller Park testing hours are:
Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (starting on Thursday, August 13, hours will be 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
Saturday: 7:00 a.m. – Noon
Douglas Public Health Center hours are:
Monday – Saturday: 7:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Testing is by appointment only.
*Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to be tested.
Please Note: We are not offering Antibody testing at this time.
Testing Criteria: We encourage everyone who needs a test to get one. Due to the surge in the number of positive cases and extreme demand for testing, there are delays that we are seeing right now, in testing availability and turnaround time for results. Because of this, we want to remind people that there are certain times when it is most important to get tested: when you are having symptoms or if you are a direct contact of a positive case. Individuals who are not direct contacts, not having symptoms and are not essential workers might be better to delay testing. Instead we encourage them to continue to social distance, wear their masks, and wash their hands. If you are directly exposed to a positive case, it is not recommended that you get tested until at least 10 days after exposure. This gives the virus time to incubate in your body (if you were infected) and results in a more accurate test. During that time you would still quarantine as instructed for 14 days from exposure. If you are negative on your test, you are not released from quarantine – you must complete the full 14 days of quarantine.
Also, if you test positive for COVID 19, the test-based strategy in which two negative COVID test results are needed is not recommended at this time. A positive COVID -19 test can be persistently positive for more than 6 weeks.
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You can also call the Cobb & Douglas Public Health Call Center at 770-514-2300. An appointment will be scheduled at the closest, most convenient Drive-Thru Testing Site.
Contact information for testing sites in each of the Georgia public health districts can be found here.
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MASK RECOMMENDATIONS AS OF APRIL 3, 2020.
Cobb & Douglas Public Health agrees with the CDC and also recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public where social distancing may be difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). The use of simple cloth face coverings may help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. These cloth face coverings (made from household items like T-shirts, bandanas, etc.) can be used as an additional public health measure.
However, we still want to emphasize that sheltering in place, maintaining social distancing and frequent hand washing are our most important tools to slowing the spread of COVID-19.
It is important to note that the cloth face coverings recommended by the CDC and CDPH are NOT surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those MUST continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
Watch the video below on how to make a cloth face mask at home, no sewing required.
ADVICE TO SLOW COMMUNITY SPREAD
- Stay home and go out only for essentials like food and medical care.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Wear a cloth mask and maintain 6-feet social distancing when out in public.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Use the materials linked below to remind your kids, family or employees about the danger of germs!
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