BREAKING: Georgia National Guard chooses KSU as coronavirus testing site

BREAKING: Georgia National Guard chooses KSU as coronavirus testing site

Under the direction of Governor Brian Kemp, the Georgia National Guard chose Kennesaw State as a site to test Georgia residents for COVID-19, according to KSU News on Wednesday, April 22.

The testing site will be a drive-thru on the Kennesaw campus. Commanded by the Georgia National Guard, medical professionals from Augusta University will perform the tests.

“This is a continued collaboration between the State and the University System of Georgia to utilize the assets of institutions like Kennesaw State and Augusta University in the fight against the coronavirus,” according to KSU News.

Testing is free and the site will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The testing site has the ability to perform 240 tests per day. Testing is by appointment only in order to protect those working.

“This location will be operated as a controlled environment with personnel following the strictest health and safety protocols,” according to KSU News.

KSU is among three other institutions the Georgia National Guard will be at, according to WSBTV. One thousand soldiers from the Guard will be deployed to KSU, Georgia State University Stadium, Greenbriar Mall and the Guard’s Decatur Armory base.

The additional testing centers come after Kemp’s announcement Monday, April 20, that he would ramp up testing efforts in Georgia, according to WSBTV. Kemp also said he would begin reopening certain businesses beginning Friday, April 24.

Those who believe they may have the coronavirus may get screenings that can look at symptoms and help those who are likely sick find facilities to be tested at, including at KSU.

To request a virtual screening visit www.augustahealth.org. An app called AU Health ExpressCare can also be downloaded.

For additional help or information regarding COVID-19, visit the Georgia Department of Public Health website or call the COVID-19 hotline at 844-442-2681.

No cases of COVID-19 have been reported at KSU. Statewide, there are 21,102 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 846 deaths from the virus, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health’s website.

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