State health officials to hold one-day test event in Vicksburg Tuesday

Published 7:11 pm Saturday, March 28, 2020

A one-day test site for those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 virus will open Tuesday in Vicksburg in the parking lot of the Pemberton Square Mall.

The free, drive-through test site will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the mall’s parking lot. Those individuals experiencing symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus and wants to be tested must call 601-496-7200 for an appointment.

The test site is operating by the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Mississippi State Department of Health. The site will feature two mobile COVID-19 sample collection sites and will be open for Tuesday only.

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Those who have been screened as being high risk of infection will be given the test without exiting the vehicle.

According to an article on WJTV, “residents that live in and around those areas who believe they need to be screened can do so now by using the C Spire Health app, or for those that don’t have a smartphone, the phone number listed above. Those meeting high-risk criteria will be given an appointment at the mobile collection site closest to them.”

During the screening, a medical provider will determine the patient’s level of risk for having COVID-19 based on their symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat, WJTV’s report said. Anyone found to be high-risk for having coronavirus will receive an appointment to be tested at a collection site closest to them.

UMMC will notify those tested of the results and give further instructions.