Free COVID-19 testing at a site on Buford Highway in Brookhaven drew many people wondering about their status on May 14 and 15.
The testing was conducted at 3292 Buford Highway at North Cliff Valley Way, a city-owned site is intended to be a DeKalb County ambulance station. It was carried out by volunteers with Community Organized Relief Effort or CORE, a nonprofit co-founded by actor Sean Penn originally for earthquake disaster relief in Haiti. Local sponsor organizations included the Latino Community Fund Georgia, We Love BuHi and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.
People seeking a test could come on foot or by vehicle in separate lines. At the May 15 testing, volunteers guided people on foot to sign in and get gloves, a mask and a medical identification number. They waited in a line with chalk X’s marking spots 6 feet apart where they could stand before entering testing tents.
People in vehicles were guided into a tent, where the test was administered with the window open about 2 inches.
In all cases, the testing was done with a swab applied to both sides of the person’s mouth. The test results will be delivered by email or phone.
Similar testing is available for free through any county public health center as well as at various other sites around metro Atlanta.
Photos by Phil Mosier.