Decatur school system closes COVID testing site early, citing high demand

The district informed parents and staff in an email sent before 9 a.m. Monday that it could not accommodate additional students or staff for testing. The small DeKalb County school system had planned to offer testing from 8 a.m. to noon, according to a previous email.

“Due to overwhelming demand, the current wait time for COVID testing at the Wilson Center this morning is over two hours. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any more staff or students for testing at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause,” the district said in Monday morning’s email.

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