Mississippi residents with virus symptoms are urged to use C Spire smartphone app for screening to be tested
JACKSON, Miss., April 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Residents of Calhoun, Copiah and Newton 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 others that were scheduled for this week, previously announced in Madison, Hinds, Leflore, Walthall, Clay, Lee, Leake and Pike counties.
Anyone can be tested who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat. The Mississippi State Department of Health has expanded its guidelines and is now recommending testing for anyone with 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 1:
- Calhoun County: Calhoun County Extension Office, 235 S. Murphree St., Pittsboro
- Copiah County: Multipurpose Building, 2040 W. Gallman Road, Hazlehurst
- Newton County: Clarke Venable Baptist Church, 362 W. Broad St., Decatur
Previously announced testing sites for Wednesday, April 29:
- Pike County: Pike County Health Department, 114 E. Presley Boulevard, McComb
- Leake County: Carthage Coliseum, 729 E. Main St., Carthage
Previously announced testing sites for Thursday, April 30:
- Hinds County: Bolton Edwards Elementary Middle School, 9700 I-20 Frontage Road, Bolton
- Leflore County: Greenwood-Leflore County Civic Center, 200 Mississippi Highway 7, Greenwood
Testing hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday. Effective Thursday, April 30, hours of testing will be 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 April 28, a total 1,053 people at 37 one-day testing states statewide, plus another 3,067 at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds, for a total of 4,120 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
C Spire provides a full suite of world-class, customer-inspired dedicated Internet, IP Voice, data, managed services, cloud services, value added resale and mobile communications to businesses and wireless, 1 Gigabit consumer Internet access and related home services for consumers. This news release and other announcements are available at www.cspire.com/news. For more information about C Spire, visit cspire.com or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/cspire or Twitter at twitter.com/cspire.
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