COVID-19 testing  at fairgrounds on Saturday

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP)

   Persons concerned about being infected with COVID-19 will have the opportunity to be tested free-of-charge on Saturday, May 30 at the George County Fairgrounds from noon until 4 p.m. Only those individuals who have made appointments will be tested.

   The testing is being done through the cooperation of the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Mississippi Department of Health.

   George County has had 20 confirmed cases since the disease was first identified in the U.S. in late January. One death has been attributed to the disease for George County.

   Appointments for the screening and test may be made either through the C-Spire Health smartphone app or by calling 601-496-7200.

   To be screened and tested, you must have the COVID-19 symptoms that include a fever of 100.4 degrees F, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat. Individuals to be tested may also include those who have been exposed or potentially exposed to someone with the disease.

   The test is a drive-thru test where the individual being tested will remain in his or her vehicle. A clinician will perform the nasal swab test and the individual will be informed of the results within 48-hours.

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