In an effort to help residents of Cherokee County get tested for COVID-19, the county, in partnership with the Georgia Highlands Medical Services, will be hosting a special testing site at Cherokee Veterans Park on Georgia Highway 20 in the Macedonia community this Thursday and Friday.

Testing will run from 8 a.m. to noon both days and are available at no cost to those being tested. Electronic signs will provide direction on where to go within the park, and additional assistance will be provided by the Cherokee County Office of Emergency Management. However, appointments are required for the event, which can be made by calling 470-758-8415.

“We’ve had a lot of requests for a North Cherokee testing site,” Cherokee County Board of Commissioners Chairman Harry Johnston said. “We needed another location, and this seemed like it was a good one.”

Cherokee County EMA Director Craig Millsap said the agency is well-prepared for events like this, as it is somewhat similar to other events the agency assists with, including drive-through flu shot clinics.

“We help in securing the location, and our CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) members assist by directing traffic and handling other logistical matters,” Millsap said.

Although the county would like to eventually see testing expanded through a more permanent testing site in the north part of the county, Johnston said he felt this temporary facility was better than nothing and would be useful in helping local residents get tested for the virus.

“We are appreciative of Georgia Highlands for helping with this,” he said.

In addition to the testing site later this week at Veterans Park, Johnston pointed out is an every day testing site in the south portion of Cherokee County, in the parking lot of the public health center just north of Woodstock on Old Highway 5. Appointments for that testing location can be made by calling 888-881-1474.

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