Free COVID-19 testing at a site on Buford Highway in Brookhaven drew many people wondering about their status on May 14 and 15.

A CORE volunteer in gown, gloves, mask and face shield checks in a person seeking COVID-19 testing at the Buford Highway site.

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.

Volunteers speak to people who arrived by car.

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 wait in line to enter testing tents, with chalk marks on the ground showing them where to stand to maintain social distancing.

People in vehicles were guided into a tent, where the test was administered with the window open about 2 inches.

A volunteer gives instructions to a person seeking a test.

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.

Cars line up on North Cliff Valley Way as people await entry into the test site.

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.

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.