Fulton County on Track for 1 Million COVID-19 Tests in 2020

Fulton County on Track for 1 Million COVID-19 Tests in 2020

August 10, 2020
County Leaders Join Governor Kemp & HHS on Monday, August 10 for Opening of New Mega Site
By the end of 2020, more than 1 million COVID-19 tests will have been conducted within Fulton County. Fulton County has prioritized COVID-19 testing through funding allocation and work with the Fulton County Board of Health and other partners. By August 2, 394,645 COVID-19 tests had been conducted in Fulton County, representing almost 25% of the 1.2 million tests conducted in Georgia.

On Monday at 11 a.m., Fulton County Chairman Robb Pitts, County Manager Dick Anderson and District Health Director Dr. Lynn Paxton will join Governor Kemp, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams,  and officials from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in opening the newest testing site in Fulton County, at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. This newest testing site brings testing capacity within Fulton County to more than 10,000 tests daily. Fulton County previously doubled testing capacity from June to July to 5,500 tests daily.

Testing within Fulton County has been conducted by the Fulton County Board of Health in collaboration with CORE, with support from the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency and significant funding by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. Other testing sources include the Georgia National Guard, hospitals and private entities.

In addition to three “Specimen Point of Collection” (SPOC) sites in North, South and Central Fulton, the Board of Health and CORE have conducted mobile testing at more than 100 community locations such as churches, nonprofits and businesses across Fulton County.

Fulton County has allocated $25 million of its CARES Act allocation to testing services, representing nearly a quarter of total funding.