Mobile COVID-19 testing set for Montgomery, Newton, Jones, Winston, Neshoba and Sharkey counties


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Residents of Montgomery, Newton, Jones, Winston, Neshoba and Sharkey counties and surrounding communities can be tested for COVID-19 next 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 this week, previously announced in Adams, Attala, Noxubee, Claiborne, DeSoto, Neshoba, Monroe, Panola, Clarke, Benton and Jasper counties.

People who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat; or who has 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 Monday, May 11:

  • Montgomery County: Montgomery County Coliseum, 200 Recreation Park Drive, Winona
  • Newton County: Facility Building, 177 Choctaw Circle, Conehatta

The newest testing sites for Tuesday, May 12:

  • Jones County: Laurel Fairgrounds, 1457 Ellisville Boulevard, Laurel
  • Winston County: Louisville Coliseum, 245 Ivy Ave., Louisville

The newest testing sites for Wednesday, May 13:

  • Neshoba County: Facility Building, 11350 Highway 491 North, Philadelphia
  • Sharkey County: Rolling Fork Civic Center, 19719 Highway 61, Rolling Fork

Previously announced testing sites for Friday, May 8:

  • Panola County: Panola County Medical Center, 303 Medical Center Drive, Batesville

Previously announced testing sites for Saturday, May 9:

  • Benton County: Benton County Courthouse, 190 Ripley Ave., Ashland
  • Jasper County: Jasper County EMA, 37 W. Eighth Ave., Bay Springs

Testing hours are 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 May 6, a total 1,715 people at 48 one-day testing states statewide, plus another 4,005 at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds, for a total of 5,720 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.

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