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Medical Center staff collects specimen samples from Vicksburg-area residents Tuesday at a drive-through collection site at Pemberton Mall off Halls Ferry Road. One-day mobile operations for specimen collections continue around the state into early next week.
Medical Center staff collects specimen samples from Vicksburg-area residents Tuesday at a drive-through collection site at Pemberton Mall off Halls Ferry Road. One-day mobile operations for specimen collections continue around the state into early next week.
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UMMC, MSDH to open one-day drive-through COVID-19 testing sites in Lauderdale, Adams, Pearl River and Tippah counties

Published on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

By: Marc Rolph, mrolph@umc.edu

Editor's Note: Saturday, June 6, is the final day that the C Spire Health app will be used as a screening tool for COVID-19 testing. After that, Mississippians can be screened and scheduled for appointment-only testing by calling the UMMC Center for Telehealth at (601) 496-7200 or by going to umc.edu/covidscreening.

One-day mobile collections for COVID-19 testing specimens are continuing this week into early next week, with the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Mississippi State Department of Health leading operations.

On Friday, 85 people in Olive Branch and 25 in Clarksdale provided samples at an appointment-only, drive-through collection site. On Tuesday, 55 people in Vicksburg and 49 in Greenwood took advantage of the mobile collections, with those numbers increasing through the day as residents made same-day appointments.

The collections are free of charge. Mississippians who are screened as being at high risk for infection will give a specimen sample, via a nose swab, without exiting their vehicle.

Collection sites, all open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., include:

  • 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.

Anyone experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, who feels they should be tested must first go through a free screening from a UMMC clinician through the C Spire Health UMMC Virtual COVID-19 Triage telehealth smartphone app. 

The fastest and easiest way to get screened and tested is with the C Spire Health app. It’s available from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

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