Jackson State University’s Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center, 1400 John R. Lynch Street, is among two locations that will host a one-day, drive-through collection site 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, for those who have been screened as being at high risk for COVID-19. Both locations are appointment-only sites.
Residents of Hinds and Quitman counties and surrounding communities who meet certain criteria will be given an appointment at the testing sites to provide a specimen sample, via a nose swab, without exiting their vehicle.
The joint effort is being facilitated by the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Mississippi State Department of Health as efforts continue to stem transmission of the virus. Additionally, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi National Guard are partnering with UMMC and MSDH to coordinate mobile testing sites.
The other collection site Saturday for providing a specimen sample is Quitman County: Supervalu, 1012 Martin Luther King Drive, Marks.
Anyone experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat) related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, must first go through a free screening. This is available from a UMMC clinician through the C Spire Health UMMC Virtual COVID-19 Triage telehealth smartphone app.
Those using the C Spire Health app will be given an appointment if a medical provider determines, through questioning, that their level of risk for COVID-19 is high. The C Spire Health app is the fastest and easiest way to get screened and tested. It’s available daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
UMMC and C Spire have partnered to make the screening free to all Mississippians, and UMMC will contact those tested with their results.
Those without smartphones may call 601-496-7200. Anyone without symptoms should not use the app or call. Rather, anyone determined to be at low risk for infection will receive instructions on social distancing, home isolation and self-care. If symptoms worsen, however, individuals are urged to call back.
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