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Weekly COVID-19 Supply Shipments to be Made to GEMA

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GEMA/HS Coordinates Weekly Receipt of COVID-19 Testing Supply Shipments from FEMA

MAY 08, 2020

(ATLANTA) – To further strengthen the State of Georgia’s COVID-19 testing, on May 8, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency coordinated receipt of the first weekly shipment of specimen collection supplies provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“Testing remains a top priority for the State, and ensuring there are enough testing supplies to meet the demand has been one of the major challenges of the Coronavirus response,” said GEMA/HS Director Homer Bryson. “Assisting our partners at the Georgia Department of Public of Health in obtaining these supplies is another positive step toward accomplishing the Governor’s mandate to further increase testing.”

Georgia will receive a combination of nasal and nasopharyngeal swabs, and transport media will include a combination of viral transport media, molecular transport media, and sterile saline. These supplies are intended to supplement the specimen collection supplies that the state, labs, and healthcare providers are obtaining directly from the private commercial market.

Georgia has already received an initial shipment of 13,500 swabs and is expecting to receive the remainder of its weekly allocation by May 10. In total, the state will receive 210,000 swabs and 156,400 transport media for the month of May.