Monday March 30th, 2020 10:08AM

King: COVID-19 tests for people referred by doctors

By Mitch Clarke Director of News and Content

The number of COVID-19 test kits available in Georgia is increasing, but protocols already in place will continue to determine who is eligible to be test, Georgia’s insurance commissioner said Tuesday.

Commissioner John King said the tests should be administered only to those people who doctors believe need to be tested. He said people who are concerned should call their medical professionals to see if they need a test.

“We need to save these tests for those who the doctors or medical professional and medical staff are directing to be tested,” King said during an appearance on WDUN’s “Morning Talk with Martha Zoller.” “They are no for people who are just curious if they’ve got it. The limited number we have is truly for people who need it.”

During his daily update on the virus, Kemp said he expected Georgia to be able to conduct 200 tests a day by the end of the week.

King has been directed by Gov. Brian Kemp to oversee the acquisition of test kits and to handle supply chain logistics related to restocking grocery and other stores in the state. 

He said costs of the test will not be an issue for Georgians.

“We need people who have symptoms to engage with their doctors and go through a series of screening questions,” King said. “Get that screening and if your doctor decides it’s wise for you to get tested, you’ll go through the process of getting tested.”

Officials at Northeast Georgia Medical Center said some of its facilities are able to conduct testing, but the hospitals are following the same protocols. They recommend that people who develop a fever, cough or difficulty breathing call their primary care physician or urgent care center for information on where you should go for testing.

NGMC also offers e-visits, which allow patients to answer screening questions online and then be contacted by a physician if treatment is required. E-visits cost $40.

On the panic buying that some stores have seen as shoppers stock on anti-bacterial wipes and toilet paper, King said stores should be able to restock soon.

“I think it will normalize in the next few days,” King said. “We have food stuff. We are supplying our grocery stores. We did have some run on some items, but those were due to panic. Our supply chair in very strong.”

Northeast Georgia Health Systems e-visits: Click here

Georgia Department of Public Heath COVID-19 hotline: 844-442-2681

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