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Walgreens will open a drive-thru rapid COVID-19 testing site at its Alpharetta location, at 11855 Jones Bridge Road, beginning Friday, April 24, the Governor’s office announced Thursday.
Testing at this location is available by appointment only and to individuals who meet eligibility criteria established by the C.D.C.
The site will be able to conduct up to 150 tests per day, will be free of charge, and testing will be available seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Through leveraging innovative partnerships in our university system and across the private sector, we remain laser-focused on ensuring that Georgia continues to aggressively ramp up testing as we begin safely reopening our economy,” Governor Brian Kemp said in the announcement.
“Walgreens is a great partner in that effort, and I am grateful for their support to expand testing capacity in the metro area. I encourage all Georgians in the region who feel they are experiencing symptoms to log on and schedule an appointment.”
Testing will be conducted outdoors at the Walgreens where pharmacists will oversee patients’ self-administration of the COVID-19 test, using Abbott’s ID NOW COVID-19 test.
The Alpharetta Walgreens is the second drive-through testing site in Georgia, opening on the heels of a CVS Health-operated site on the Georgia Tech campus.
[Editor’s note: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is rapidly evolving as is its effect on Atlanta, and the City’s businesses and its residents. Click here for What Now Atlanta’s ongoing coverage of the crisis. For guidance and updates on the pandemic, please visit the C.D.C. website.]