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Free COVID-19 testing to be offered at Safe Room on Tuesday

The University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Mississippi State Department of Health on Tuesday, Aug. 25, will open a mobile COVID-19 sample collection site for one day only.

The appointment only testing is free of charge. Mississippians who have been screened as being at-risk of infection will give a specimen sample, via a nose swab, without exiting their vehicle.

The drive-through site for Tuesday, Aug. 25, will open from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Adams County Safe Room, 323 Liberty Road, Natchez.

MSDH, has expanded its guidelines and is now recommending testing for anyone with known or potential exposure to someone confirmed with the virus, who feel they should be tested must first go through an online free screening at: www.umc.edu/covidscreening. Those without a smartphone can call (601) 496-7200.

Those meeting the criteria above will be given an appointment.

At the collection site, providers wearing protective gear will come to the vehicle window to retrieve specimens for testing to be performed at the MSDH Public Health Lab. Those being tested are not permitted to leave their vehicle.

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