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Adams County to host second free COVID-19 testing site on Monday

JACKSON – Adams County and surrounding communities will once again be the site of free COVID-19 tests provided by the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Mississippi State Department of Health.

Residents of Adams County and surrounding areas can be tested on Monday at the Adams County Safe Room off of Liberty Road. Testing hours are noon-4 p.m. Only those with appointments will be tested.

Anyone can be tested who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat. The Mississippi State Department of Health has expanded its guidelines and is now recommending testing for anyone with a known or potential exposure to someone confirmed with the virus.

Those who want to be tested must first get an appointment by going through a free screening from a UMMC clinician, either through the C Spire Health telehealth smartphone app or by phone. 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.

On April 2, 110 people were tested at the first COVID-19 testing site in the county.

Hundreds 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 April 30, a total 1,144 people at 39 one-day testing states statewide, plus another 3,200 at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds, for a total of 4,344 tested.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi National Guard are partnering with UMMC and MSDH to coordinate mobile testing sites. UMMC and C Spire have partnered to make the screening free to all Mississippians.

Those without smartphones who want to be screened for testing can call (601) 496-7200.

During drive-through testing, health care professionals will collect specimen samples via a nose swab. Those being tested will not exit their vehicle. For more information about testing, click here.

Other testing sites in the state next week include:

  • Saturday: Newton County: Clarke Venable Baptist Church, 362 W. Broad St., Decatur
  • Monday: Attala County: Attala County Coliseum, 550 Mississippi Highway 12, Kosciusko
  • Tuesday: Noxubee County: Noxubee Civic Center, 16291 U.S. 45, Macon
  • Tuesday: Claiborne County: Claiborne County Parks and Recreation, 1120 Highway 61 North, Port Gibson

Testing hours are noon-4 p.m. Only those with appointments will be tested.

Hundreds 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 April 30, a total 1,144 people at 39 one-day testing states statewide, plus another 3,200 at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds, for a total of 4,344 tested.