Friday, May 8, 2020

COVID-19 Testing in Louisville on Tuesday, May 12

Winston County has been added to the list of counties where drive-thru testing for COVID-19 will be
conducted next week. Testing will be conducted on Tuesday, May 12 at the Louisville Coliseum (245 Ivy Avenue) by appointment only. Testing hours are from noon til 4:00 pm. The tests will be conducted by the Ms. Department of Health and the University of Mississippi Medical Center staff. This is not associated with Winston Medical Center. This testing is Free of Charge.

It is vital that you read and understand the following information to determine if you qualify for testing and the procedures that you must follow:

Screening

All those tested must be screened before an appointment. There are two ways to be screened. Those with smart phones can download the C-Spire Health App and complete the screening process between the hours or 8:00 am and 8:00 pm. To download the app- click here.

If you do not have a smartphone or prefer – you can call 601-496-7200.

Qualifying for the Test

You cannot be tested just because you are curious. The screening will determine if testing is necessary. You must meet certain criteria which includes:

  • Likely exposure to COVID-19 through contact with infected individuals
  • You show signs of illness related to the infection and/or you are in a high risk category.

Testing Procedure

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.

Results

UMMC will contact people with their test results. In the meantime, it is crucial for everyone who has been tested go home. Self-isolate at home, away from friends and family, for at least 7 days from when symptoms first began or 3 days after symptoms improve significantly, whichever time is longer. Stay at least 6 feet away from others and avoid groups of 10 or more people, even when quarantine is no longer needed.