One-day testing sites continue to boost Mississippi’s COVID-19 testing capabilities.
The Mississippi State Department of Health and the University of Mississippi Medical Center have announced that the newest sites will be operated in Lauderdale, Adams, Pearl River and Tippah Counties on the following dates from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.:
- Wednesday, April 1, 1680 Bonita Lakes Circle in Meridian.
- Thursday, April 2, Adams County Safe Room, 323 Liberty Road in Natchez.
- Saturday, April 4, Pearl River County Health Department, 7547 Highway 11 North in Carriere.
- Monday, April 6, Tippah County Coliseum, 10791 B Highway 15 South in Ripley.
It is important to remember that these sites provide free COVID-19 testing, but only to those who have been pre-screened through the C Spire Health App.
Residents that live in and around those areas using the C Spire Health app will be given an appointment at the mobile collection site closest to them if a medical provider determines their level of risk for COVID-19 is high. Those without smartphones can call (601) 496-7200.
They’ll be asked questions about symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat. Appointments will only be given to people who are symptomatic for COVID-19 and are determined to need testing. Anyone not experiencing symptoms is asked not to use the app or call.
Anyone determined to be at low risk for infection will receive instructions on social distancing, home isolation and self-care – and told to call back if symptoms worsen.
At the collection sites, providers wearing protective gear will come to the vehicle window to retrieve specimens for testing to be performed at the MSDH Public Health Lab. Those being tested aren’t permitted to leave their vehicle. UMMC will notify those tested of the results and give further instructions.
More information about UMMC/MSDH mobile testing sites can be found here. Drive-through specimen collection using this same process also is continuing daily at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson.
For more information about UMMC’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Mississippi, click here. Follow MSDH by email and social media at HealthyMS.com/connect.