A police officer directs cars into a coronavirus testing facility at Georgia Tech Monday, April 6, 2020, in Atlanta.
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A police officer directs cars into a coronavirus testing facility at Georgia Tech Monday, April 6, 2020, in Atlanta.

Since the early days of the pandemic, testing has been widely acknowledged as a fundamental step in controlling the spread of COVID-19. Despite President Trump’s promise that anyone who needed a test would get one, there’s been no federal testing program. Instead, individual states have been left to figure it out. GPB's Steve Fennessy talks with reporters Nick Wooten of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer and Grant Blankenship of Georgia Public Broadcasting.

In Georgia, which was one of the first states to shut down in the face of the pandemic and one of the first to re-open, having reliable and timely data couldn’t be more crucial. On this episode of Georgia Today, we look at the testing battlefield in Georgia.

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