Cobb, Douglas county officials finalizing plans for drive-through coronavirus testing

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Officials in Cobb and Douglas counties said they are finalizing plans to offer drive-through testing for coronavirus for the highest risk individuals.

Cobb and Douglas County Public Health announced Tuesday they are working with federal, state and local partners to set up the testing. It would only be available for people who "if they had the virus, would dramatically impact many individuals in the entire community (e.g., healthcare workers, first responders, teachers, nursing home residents)."

Officials emphasized the testing for COVID-19 will not be provided to the general community at this time.

On Tuesday afternoon, Cobb County Police announced on Twitter that the tested begins March 18th at Jim Miller Park and is limited to individuals already identified by medical professionals. The park will be closed to the public.

Officials said they are expecting shipments of test kits to their community soon.

“Individuals who may be experiencing symptoms are encouraged to isolate at home and to call their doctor or 911 if their conditions worsen,” officials said in a statement.