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Prioritize COVID-19 tests for most vulnerable

Pres release from the Georgia Department of Public Health

Post Date:03/19/2020 9:48 AM

Prioritize COVID-19 Tests for Most Vulnerable,

First Responders, Health Workers


To read the full press release from the Georgia Department of Health, click HERE


After conversations with hospital and healthcare facility officials, and as COVID-19

continues to spread around the globe and throughout communities in Georgia, Governor Brian

P. Kemp, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Georgia Emergency

Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA) issued the following joint statement:


“Many Georgians are eager to be tested right now, but we need to be mindful of our resources.

We have to be in this fight together.”


"According to federal and state health officials, we must start prioritizing COVID-19 tests for our

most vulnerable populations and the people responsible for their care and safety. This will

conserve precious medical supplies - like masks, shoe covers and gowns - which are becoming

increasingly difficult to find for healthcare facilities due to overuse, export bans and hoarding.”


"Georgia’s elderly, those with chronic, underlying health conditions, those who live in a longterm

care facility like an assisted living facility or nursing home, and those serving on the front

lines as a healthcare worker, first responder, long-term care facility staffer, or law enforcement

need tests. The best way to serve the public is to protect the people who are protecting us in

this battle.”


"It is our responsibility to keep the elderly and chronically ill safe, back our law enforcement and

first responders, and protect the doctors, nurses, and healthcare providers working around the

clock. We ask everyone to continue to pray for our nation in the weeks ahead."


According to federal and state health officials, people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19

do not need to be tested. Additionally, most people who are mildly or moderately ill with “coldlike” symptoms do not need to be tested. The majority of people with COVID-19 can safely

recover at home with self-isolation and symptomatic treatment. Diagnosis through laboratory

testing does not change the care that they would receive. Older adults and people who have

severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher

risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 and should always consult their

healthcare provider if they are sick.

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