The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is offering COVID-19 PCR testing at kiosks located in communities across Georgia, including one located in the Henry County Public Safety Annex building at 108 S. Zack Hinton Parkway in McDonough.
The kiosk, which looks like a vending machine, provides access to the COVID-19 PCR test 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Deputy Director of Emergency Management Kevin Johnson said he is excited about the new 24-hour option as an added service to residents.
“This is a convenient measure for those who want to take a PCR test at any time of the day,” Johnson said. “Our continued relationship with DPH allows us to bring the latest resources into our community to better serve our residents.”
After a person fills out a short online registration form, the kiosk hands out a test kit that includes a nasal swab, like other home tests, and instructions on how to collect the sample. Once the sample is collected, it is securely packed back into the kit and placed in the kiosk. The samples are collected daily and sent to an accredited laboratory for PCR testing.
Pre-registration for testing in the kiosk is not necessary, but is available at https://register.testandgo.com. Individuals can also register at the kiosk by using a mobile phone to scan the QR code on the front of the machine.
There is no out-of-pocket cost for the samples delivered through a DPH kiosk, but for those with insurance, their insurance will be billed for the test. In many cases, individuals will receive notification of their test results via email or text within 48 hours of sampling.
A short video on using kiosks can be found at www.dph.georgia.gov/covidtesting.
COVID-19 testing is one of many preventive measures—along with vaccination and booster doses, masking, and physical distancing—that protect you and others by reducing the chances of spreading COVID-19. For more information on COVID vaccinations or boosters, visit www.dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine.
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