PICAYUNE, Miss. (WXXV) — The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and the Mississippi State Department of Health will open a mobile COVID-19 testing site for one day only in Picayune on Thursday.
The testing will be by appointment only and it is free. Mississippians who have been screened as being high risk of infection will give a specimen sample, via a nose swab, without exiting their vehicle.
The drive-through collection site in Picayune is at a location that will be announced soon. Check with University of Mississippi Medical Center for updates. Testing will be conducted from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Anyone experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, who feel they should be tested must first go through a free screening from a UMMC clinician through the C Spire Health UMMC Virtual COVID-19 Triage Telehealth smartphone app. Those without a smartphone can call (601) 496-7200.
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.
Anyone found to be high-risk for having coronavirus will receive an appointment to be tested at a collection site closest to them.
At the collection sites, providers wearing protective gear will come to the vehicle and get a swab. UMMC will contact those tested with their results.
People can use the app or the phone number now to be screened and if found high risk based on symptoms, to get an appointment for Thursday. Hours for the app are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.