Gov., DPH & GEMA stressing need to prioritize COVID-19 tests

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, the Georgia Department of Public Health, and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA) have issued a statement that stresses that “we must start prioritizing COVID-19 tests for our most vulnerable populations and the people responsible for their care and safety.”

A press release notes that, “This will conserve precious medical supplies – like masks, shoe covers and gowns – which are becoming increasingly difficult to find for health care facilities due to overuse, export bans and hoarding.”

It also says that, “Georgia’s elderly, those with chronic, underlying health conditions, those who live in a long term care facility like an assisted living facility or nursing home, and those serving on the front lines as a health care 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.” 

The press release also addresses who should (and should not) be tested for COVID-19.

DPH Press Release