Jackson to expand COVID-19 testing


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba held a news conference on Tuesday, April 7, outside City Hall. The mayor announced the city will expand coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in Jackson.

Six thousand tests will be available, thanks to the city’s partnership with Jackson Hinds Comprehensive Health. Some of the tests will be used for inmates at the Hinds County Jail.

Mayor Lumumba also announced that the city’s first responders will receive hazard pay. It will be issued before the end of April 2020.

He said a hotel will also offer rooms for people to be quarantined if they have the virus. Neighbors have been asked to wear masks when they have to go out in public, like to a grocery store.

On Friday, April 10, the City will launch its “Fight Together, Stand Apart” initiative in partnership with the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center. With “Fight Together, Stand Apart”, the City will introduce its own COVID-19 hotline and symptom tracker to determine where COVID-19 hotspots are across the city.

“This symptom tracker will allow us to better coordinate a response to those who are infected with the virus. We are providing a hotline where residents can call if they believe they are experiencing some of the symptoms of COVID-19,” said Mayor Lumumba.

Symptoms of the coronavirus include a dry cough, fever, and shortness of breath. The COVID-19 Hotline numbers are 601-586-3067 (local) and 1-866-375-2819 (toll-free).

Citizens will be able to access the symptom tracker on the homepage of the City of Jackson website by mobile phone, tablet, or computer. The system will allow citizens to report their symptoms from the safety of their homes, thus helping public health officials and the City prioritize resources. Users will have complete control over what information they want to share. The data will also be used to help public health officials analyze combinations of symptoms, ages, and underlying conditions to better understand the spread of the disease in our community.

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