ELC Enhancing Detection: Georgia Testing Plan   [open pdf - 562KB]

From the Document: "Testing is an essential part of identifying, mitigating, and containing the disease to protect Georgia's populations. While the initial testing plan closely followed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations to limit testing to hospitalized patients and symptomatic high priority individuals, the State is currently working to remove barriers so that any individual who believes they have been exposed to COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] can get tested. Widespread testing will allow DPH [Georgia Department of Public Health] to determine the prevalence of the disease, whether the rate of positive cases is decreasing over time, and if control and mitigation measures are successful. As the State implements its reopening plans, testing is a critical path for keeping vulnerable populations safe, quickly identifying those with active disease, and for ensuring the safety of those returning to work. Testing is also the first step and a key component of the State's Contact Tracing Plan and helps to identify hot spots for targeted deployment of resources. The State surpassed the initial cumulative 2% testing goal on May 7, 2020, with 210,000 completed molecular tests. Since the onset of the pandemic, the State has continued to expand testing capacity."

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