Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced Monday an expansion in testing for the Atlanta area.
A Covid-19 mega-testing site will run from today until Aug. 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time, Monday through Friday in College Park, Georgia.
The site will be able to test 5,000 people per day, and will offer results within 48 to 72 hours, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Today’s announcement comes as a result of US Health and Human Services identifying Atlanta as one of several “hot spots” around the country, according Nancy Nydam of the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Asked why this testing will only be available for 13 days, Nydam said there aren’t adequate resources to continue operating this specific site indefinitely.
During the news conference Monday near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, both Kemp and US Surgeon General Jerome Adams were asked by reporters, including CNN’s Natasha Chen, whether they want schools to mandate masks.
Just last week, at least 260 students and eight teachers from a suburban school district in Atlanta were quarantined after multiple students and teachers tested positive for Covid-19 during the first week of school.
“We’ve given the responsibility to the schools, to the local superintendents. Like most things in education, I’m a firm believer that the local governments know their school better than the state government does,” Kemp said. “We’ve been handling things that way for a long time. Obviously we went on a wear your mask fly around campaign, what, three, four weeks ago, so we’re encouraging people, we did that again today, to wear your mask. I’m confident the superintendents have the tools, the resources, the masks that we have given them, as far as the states concerned, to be able to handle that at the local level.”
Meanwhile, Adams said he is “not against” mandates, but doesn’t think that alone will fix the issue.