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Health officials schedule one-day test site in Port Gibson

The Mississippi State Department of Health and University of Mississippi Medical Center announced Friday another round on one-day COVID-19 test sites, including one now scheduled for Wednesday in Port Gibson.

The testing Wednesday will be conducted at Claiborne County Parks and Recreation, 1120 Highway 61 North, in Port Gibson from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those who have gone through screening to receive appointments. This site — along with any others scheduled — is for Mississippi residents only.

According to state health officials, 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. Those without smartphones can call (601) 496-7200. Anyone not experiencing symptoms is asked not to use the app or call.

Hundreds of people in Mississippi communities have taken advantage of the UMMC/MSDH drive-through collection sites, including one held in Vicksburg two weeks ago that screened 55 residents.

As of April 15, there had been 2,271 people tested at the Mississippi Fairgrounds in Jackson.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi National Guard are partnering with UMMC and MSDH to coordinate mobile testing sites.

Anyone experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, including fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat, who feels they should be tested must first go through a free screening from a UMMC clinician, either through the C Spire Health UMMC Virtual COVID-19 Triage telehealth smartphone app by phone. UMMC and C Spire have partnered to make the screening free to all Mississippians.

Mississippians who are screened as being at high risk for having COVID-19 are given an appointment at a testing site to provide a specimen sample, via a nose swab, without exiting their vehicle.

Anyone determined to be at low risk for infection will receive instructions on social distancing, home isolation and self-care – and told to call back if symptoms worsen.