Mobile testing set up in Tunica today at Paul Battle Arena

MOBILE COVID-19 TESTING SET FOR LAUDERDALE, MADISON, ADAMS, PRENTISS, WINSTON AND TUNICA COUNTIES

JACKSON, Miss. – Residents of Lauderdale, Madison, Adams, Prentiss, Winston and Tunica 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.

Testing hours at one-day collection sites across the state are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Anyone can be tested at those sites by appointment 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.

Mississippians who want to be tested must first complete a free screening from a UMMC clinician through an online questionnaire found at umc.edu/covidscreening. Or, they can call the UMMC Center for Telehealth at (601) 496-7200 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Anyone determined to need testing will be given an appointment date and time.

The newest testing sites for Wednesday, August 26:

Tunica County: Paul Battle Arena, 3873 U.S. 61 North, Tunica
The previously announced testing sites for Wednesday, August 19:

Those who believe they need to be tested must first complete a free screening from a UMMC clinician through an online questionnaire at umc.edu/covidscreening. Or, they can call the UMMC Center for Telehealth at (601) 496-7200 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Anyone determined to need testing will receive an appointment date and time at the testing site most convenient.

Thousands 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 August 17, a total 11,697 people at 197 one-day testing sites statewide, plus another 20,678 at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds and West Street Farmers Market, for a total of 32,375 tested.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi National Guard are partnering with UMMC and MSDH to coordinate mobile testing sites. During drive-through testing, health care professionals will collect specimen samples via a nose swab. Those being tested will not exit their vehicle.

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