MSDH, UMMC partner to launch two one-day testing sites

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As state health officials continue to ramp up testing efforts in high-volume areas, the Department of Health has announced, in partnership with UMMC, two mobile testing sites that will be available in DeSoto and Coahoma Counties from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday (March 27).

By offering these one-day test site clinics, were hoping to fill some gaps in areas that are seeing a lot of positive cases but dont have many other local testing options currently available, said Jim Craig, MSDH Senior Deputy and Director of Health Protection.

The locations of the testing sites can be seen below:

Coahoma Expo Center
1150 Wildcat Drive
Clarksdale, Mississippi

Lewisburg High School
1755 Craft Road
Olive Branch, Mississippi

Testing at the two drive-up locations will be limited to patients who have already been screened and are showing COVID-19 symptoms. You can begin the screening process by calling 601-496-7200 or through the C Spire Health UMMC Virtual COVID-19 Triage telehealth smartphone app.

At the collection sites, anyone being tested will not get out of their vehicle; providers wearing protective gear will come to their window and swab their noses to retrieve specimens for testing to be performed at the MSDH Public Health Lab.

Joining MSDH and UMMC in setting up and operating these one-day mobile collection sites are the Mississippi National Guard, the Mississippi Highway Patrol and the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

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