Rapid Results: 15 minute return on COVID tests in D’Iberville

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The quicker you can get your COVID test results, the more people who will be protected. While some tests take 48 hours or longer to get results, there are some that will let you know in a matter of minutes if you test positive or negative for COVID.

News 25’s Toni Miles takes us to one clinic in D’Iberville that offers rapid antigen COVID testing.

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There have been a lot of unknowns since the outbreak of COVID-19, but there have also been a number of developments to help in the fight against this deadly virus. One of them is rapid testing. South Mississippi Urgent Care Owner Jennifer Mayfield said, “As of right now, we have the Sofia Rapid COVID-19 Test, which gives you the results in 15 minutes. It helps cut down the wait time of sending it off and having them wait 24 to 48 hours, sometimes a little longer than that. We can actually get your results back in the same day.”

There’s been a steady flow of patients seeking rapid COVID testing at the South Mississippi Urgent Care in D’Iberville off Sangani Boulevard. The Sofia Quidel Rapid Antigen COVID-19 test is quick and is guaranteed by the manufacturer to be 97 percent accurate, a winning combination for those in school systems or the work force who need quick and dependable results. “You can get back to work quicker if you’re negative. It is 15 minutes and we get you out the door.”

The rapid antigen COVID test is a quick swab and the results are in in 15 minutes. “This is a less invasive test than what we would send off to the lab. If for some reason if someone still needs the lab testing for travel-that’s a big one they still need the PCR testing for travel, we can still send those off to the lab and get it back within two days.”

South Mississippi Urgent Care is open seven days a week.

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Toni started at WXXV News 25 in December of 2013, just three months after the news was launched. She has served as Assignment Editor, anchored for nearly two years, worked as a reporter for several years and hosted Coastal Connections for more than four years. Toni graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern Mississippi where she was editor of the Student Printz. She then did an internship on Capitol Hill, working for a U.S. Senator, then returned to Mississippi as a reporter at WDAM in Hattiesburg. After that, she moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, working as a reporter for FOX 25 in Biloxi, then crossing city lines to work at WLOX-TV news in Biloxi, starting out as a producer, then working as a photographer, reporter, weekend assignment editor and weekend anchor. She was among the station team that won the Edward Murrow and Peabody awards for coverage during Hurricane Katrina. Toni moved to the Lone Star State where she worked as the morning and noon anchor, investigative reporter and live shot reporter for KZTV Action 10 News, then KRIS TV News in Corpus Christi, Texas. Toni moved back to the Magnolia State to be with and take care of her family, working as a multi-media journalist and fill-in anchor at WDBD Fox 40 news in Jackson. After almost completing a second degree in filmmaking at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, Toni transitioned back to news at News 25. Toni is blessed to have a wonderful support network of close family, friends and mentors, and she hopes to pay it forward. She has a three-legged chiweenie named Rocky Balboa because of his fighting spirit. She loves writing and has completed a novel that has been adapted into a screenplay, and has just finished another screenplay called "Delta Rose." She's currently working on a new legal thriller called "Fall From Grace." Stay tuned.... If you’d like to book a live in studio interview on News 25 Today, just email: tmiles@wxxv25.com. These interviews can have up to two guests, last about two minutes and showcase community events, non-profit organizations and things of interest to people in our area…and they’re FREE! Just send information about your event, including date, time, location, contact number and/or website for viewers wanting more information, along with the proper name and titles of the person or two people who will be interviewed, and Toni or producer Porsha Williams (pwilliams@wxxv25.com) will get back with you via email in a timely manner to book a date. Typical interview times are daily at: 5:45, 6:45, 7:45 or 8:45 am. Guests are asked to arrive about 30 minutes beforehand. You can also ask about booking a live shot on location for news events for our 6 and 7 am newscasts. We look forwarding to having you!

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