Mobile COVID-19 testing set for Clarke and Carroll counties
JACKSON, Miss., May 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Residents of Clarke and Carroll counties and surrounding communities can be tested for COVID-19 this week as the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Mississippi State Department of Health continue efforts to stem virus transmission by setting up one-day, drive-through collection sites.
These sites join other collections previously announced for this week in Montgomery, Newton, Jones, Winston, Neshoba, Sharkey, Forrest and Union counties.
Anyone can be tested who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat; or who has a known or potential exposure to someone confirmed with the virus.
Those who want to be tested must first get an appointment by going through a free screening from a UMMC clinician, either through the C Spire Health telehealth smartphone app or by phone. The fastest and easiest way to get screened and tested is with the C Spire Health app. It's available daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
The newest testing sites for Friday, May 15:
- Clarke County: Clarke County EMA, 642 S. Archusa Ave., Quitman
- Carroll County: J.Z. George High School, 900 George St., North Carrollton
Previously announced testing sites for Wednesday, May 13:
- Neshoba County (updated address): Bogue Chitto Facility Building, 13350 Highway 491 North, Philadelphia
- Sharkey County: Rolling Fork Civic Center, 19719 Highway 61, Rolling Fork
Previously announced for Thursday, May 14:
- Forrest County: Vernon Dahmer Park, 1000 Country Club Road, Hattiesburg
- Union County: Union County Fairgrounds, 112 Fairgrounds Circle, New Albany
Testing hours are noon-4 p.m. Only those with appointments will be tested.
Hundreds of people in Mississippi communities have taken advantage of the UMMC/MSDH drive-through collection sites. Those numbers include, as of the end of the day May 11, a total 1,900 people at 53 one-day testing states statewide, plus another 4,409 at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds, for a total of 6,309 tested.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi National Guard are partnering with UMMC and MSDH to coordinate mobile testing sites. UMMC and C Spire have partnered to make the screening free to all Mississippians.
Those without smartphones who want to be screened for testing can call (601) 496-7200.
During drive-through testing, health care professionals will collect specimen samples via a nose swab. Those being tested will not exit their vehicle. For more information about testing, click here.
About the University of Mississippi Medical Center
UMMC is the state's only academic medical center. Its education, research and health care missions share the objectives of improving the health of the state's population and eliminating health disparities. Located in Jackson.
UMMC encompasses seven health science schools, including medicine, nursing, health related professions, dentistry, pharmacy, graduate studies and population health. The Medical Center's health care enterprise includes the state's only Level I trauma center, only children's hospital, and only organ and bone marrow transplant program. The Medical Center also is home to a Telehealth Center of Excellence, one of two in the nation.
About C Spire
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