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Drive-thru Rapid Covid-19 testing

Drive-thru Rapid Covid-19 testing

Free Drive-thru Covid-19 testing by Forsyth Health Department

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Free Drive-thru Covid-19 testing by Gwinnett Health Department

The Gwinnett Health Department will offer free drive-through COVID-19 testing for sick individuals and essential workers on Friday, May 8, at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth. Testing also is available at other locations Monday-Saturday. If you're sick or an essential worker, call 770-513-5631 to schedule an appointment. The call center is open M-F, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Individuals must have an appointment to be tested.

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More Covid-19 drive-thru rapid testing sites at Emory, Walgreens, Augusta University Health and Peachtree Immediate Care

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After CVS Health joined hands with the state of Georgia to offer drive-thru testing for Covid-19 (see complete report below), many other testing sites are now being offerd to ramp up testing ahead of easing of state restrictions. Walgreens has also now become a partner in the effort. An Alpharetta location of Walgreens will now offer drive-thru rapid COVID-19 testing. Located at 11855 Jones Bridge Rd, this Walgreens will conduct tests outdoors and will be able to conduct up to 150 tests each day.

Individuals will need to make an appointment prior to being tested and must meet the eligibility criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Testing will be available at no cost to eligible individuals who meet CDC criteria. New testing options have become available over the past week. Department of Public Health has announced that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus can get tested at one of its drive-through sites across the state.

The Georgia National Guard and Augusta University Health are also opening four new locations in metro Atlanta. 

To be tested, patients will be required to complete a free virtual screening using the AU Health ExpressCare app on Apple or Android, through the website or by calling 706-721-1852. Screenings will be available 24/7, with no appointment required. AU Health will be able to process upto 260 tests per hour with results in 72 hours or less. These locations are: 

Peachtree Immediate Care has also expanded its drive-thru coronavirus testing. The Peachtree Immediate Care on Lawrenceville Highway in DeKalb County is one of 10 sites where they are doing the drive-thru testing. 

Emory University has also announced that they will offer drive-through testing where patients can be seen by appointment. An online COVID-19 screening tool developed by Emory physicians, is available online to check symptoms before seeking the swab test offered at the appointment-only, drive-through site.​


CVS Health offers rapid Covid-19 drive-thru testing in Georgia 

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Governor Kemp announced that the state of Georgia and CVS Health have joined forces to open rapid COVID-19 drive-through testing sites in Georgia. It will utilize licensed health care providers from MinuteClinic, the company's retail medical clinic, to oversee the testing, which is currently available at no-cost to patients.

However, COVID-19 testing will not take place at CVS Pharmacy or MinuteClinic locations. Instead, testing will be held in large parking lots that are easily accessible and able to accommodate multiple lanes of cars at one time and will require eligible individuals to pre-register online.

The rapid testing will be conducted using the new Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 test, which recently received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the fastest available molecular point-of-care test for the detection of COVID-19. Positive results can be delivered in as little as five minutes and negative results in as little as 13 minutes.

Address & Hours of Operation

352 Peachtree Place, Atlanta, GA, 30332

Drive-through testing, by appointment, will be open seven days a week:

Monday-Friday: 9 AM – 6 PM

Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Sunday: 10 AM – 4 PM

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

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-through 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. 

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