One-day mobile collections for COVID-19 testing specimens are continuing statewide this week, including drive-through testing in Eupora.
Leading operations are the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Mississippi State Department of Health, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and Mississippi National Guard.
The one-day, appointment-only collections are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in locations that include Webster County, 86 Government Ave., Eupora, on Thursday, April 9. This is the former Garan parking lot on the south side of Government Avenue off Highway 9 South.
Specimen collections and testing 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.
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 who use the C Spire Health app will be given an appointment at a mobile collection site closest to them if a medical provider determines their level of risk for COVID-19 is high.
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.
Those without smartphones can call 601-496-7200. 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’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Mississippi and UMMC/MSDH mobile testing sites can be found at https://umc.edu/CoronaVirus/home.html. Follow MSDH by email and social media at HealthyMS.com/connect.