Mississippi leaders looking to boost number of COVID-19 tests


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – As COVID-19 restrictions are loosened across Mississippi, the state is looking to boost the number of tests.

Citing a decline in demand and an increase in testing capacity, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said Mississippi will begin to lower coronavirus testing standards.

Previously in order to be tested, you must ft the symptoms of potential COVID-19 infection, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea and a sore throat.

Primary care doctors have sent thousands of tests to private labs who may have evaluated testing differently. But as the state looks to take a more aggressive approach, individuals who may have one or a few of the symptoms or believe they were exposed to someone with the virus can get a test.

More than 63,000 people have been tested for the virus in Mississippi. Governor Tate Reeves warned the threat isn’t over, and health experts are strongly advising people to wear masks while they’re outside.

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