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Prescreen today for Tuesday’s free drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Vicksburg



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Vicksburg will host another free drive-thru COVID-19 testing site Tuesday, Aug. 18.

The site will be set up at Pemberton Mall, 3505 Pemberton Square Blvd., from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The test is free, but you must have an appointment and be prescreened, either online or by phone.

During screening, a University of Mississippi Medical Center clinician will obtain information to determine your risk of having the virus. Those at high risk will receive an appointment for drive-thru testing. Those deemed not at high risk may be given instructions for self-care at home.

People with an appointment should plan to arrive on time. Only people with an appointment will be tested. People will stay in their vehicles and providers wearing protective gear will come to the car window. The provider will insert a long, naso-pharyngeal swab deep into the nose of the person being tested, similar to a flu test. The specimen they retrieve will go to UMMC for laboratory testing. UMMC will contact people with their test results.

One day testing sites next week include:

Monday, Aug.17

  • Jasper County: Heidelberg High School, 804 N. Pine Ave., Heidelberg
  • Lafayette County: Lafayette County Arena, 70 F. D. Buddy East Parkway, Oxford

Tuesday, Aug. 18

  • Warren County: Pemberton Square Mall, 3505 Pemberton Square Blvd., Vicksburg
  • Lowndes County: Lowndes County Soccer Complex, 301 N. Third St., Columbus

Wednesday, Aug. 19

  • Clarke County: Clarke County EMA, 642 S. Archusa Ave., Quitman
  • Pontotoc County: Pontotoc County Agri-Center, 430 C. J. Hardin Drive, Pontotoc

Other sites may be added throughout the week. For more information, visit the UMMC website. For other testing providers, visit the Mississippi State Department of Health website.

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