Georgia Northwest Health District ends free COVID testing sites

DADE COUNTY, Ga. (WDEF) – Over the last three months, the Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District has been scaling back its free COVID-19 testing sites.

“We started offering free COVID testing about a year ago early in the pandemic,” Northwest Health District PIO Logan Boss said.

The site at Mount Zion First Baptist Church in LaFayette will be last one to close.

It shuts down Thursday, but will be open that day from 9 a.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“The demand for testing has decreased considerably over the last three months,” Boss said.

“And, also, because we’ve been having to in the last two months allocate more and more of our limited resources to ramping up our immunization program.”

As the district ends free testing, Boss warns that this does not signal that they are out of the woods.

“Although cases and hospitalizations are currently declining people are still dying and people still need to take the same precautions that we have been talking about over the past year,” Boss said.

While the district is discontinuing its free COVID tests, people can still find no cost tests at CVS, Walgreens and Wal-Mart in Georgia, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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