UPDATE: Testing on Friday in Clarke County was cancelled because of the threat of inclement weather.
JACKSON, Miss. – Residents of Desoto, Neshoba and Monroe 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 are scheduled for this week, previously announced in Adams, Attala, Noxubee and Claiborne counties.
Anyone can be tested who is 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 Wednesday, May 6:
- Desoto County: Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive, Southaven
- Neshoba County: Neshoba County Coliseum, 1200 Highway 15 North, Philadelphia
The newest testing site for Thursday, May 7:
- Monroe County: Becker Community Center, 52246 Highway 25, Amory
Testing sites previously announced for Monday, May 4:
- Adams County: Adams County Safe Room, 323 Liberty Road, Natchez
- Attala County: Attala County Coliseum, 550 Mississippi Highway 12, Kosciusko
Testing sites previously announced for Tuesday, May 5:
- Noxubee County: Noxubee Civic Center, 16291 U.S. 45, Macon
- Claiborne County: Claiborne County Parks and Recreation, 1120 Highway 61 North, Port Gibson
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 2, a total 1,275 people at 42 one-day testing states statewide, plus another 3,391 at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds, for a total of 4,666 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.