WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) – The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s (UMMC) mobile testing lab stopped in Clay County Tuesday to test people with symptoms of the coronavirus.
The civic center in West Point was a busy site. The state testing sites require people to have symptoms in order to be tested.
Mobile testing sites allow people to be tested for the coronavirus quickly and conveniently.
Some of those symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough and shortness of breath.
The state is urging anyone who has or may have come in contact with someone with the coronavirus to be tested.
The state testing sites are free but you have to have an appointment to get tested.
Medical professionals said testing sites are drive-thru only; so people do not have to leave their vehicle.
Christy Berry is the chief nurse with the Office of Emergency Planning and Response with the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH).
She said by doing more of these testing locations, medical professionals can track the spread of the coronavirus. Berry said the findings allow for an investigation into who an infected person may have had contact with.
She also said the number of people who were tested Tuesday was an increase compared to other locations.
UMMC will contact and provide the people who were tested with their results.
Berry said everyone who was tested should go home and self-isolate from family and friends. The self-isolation period should last for at least seven days from when symptoms first began or three days after symptoms improve significantly, whichever time is longer.