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State health officials, Guard and local agencies combine to set-up COVID-19 test site

Monday, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported 89 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 847.

The state also announced the number of virus-related deaths is now 16.

In their announcement Monday, the state did not announce any new confirmed cases in Warren County. As of Monday’s reporting, the number of confirmed cases involving Warren County residents remains at one.

The increase in cases comes a day before officials with the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Mississippi State Department of Health is set to host a one-day test event in Vicksburg. The test event, which is free to the public, will be held in the back parking lot of Pemberton Square Mall between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Only those individuals who have registered, been screened ahead of time and have received an appointment time will be allowed in the test site for testing.

“We strongly urge residents to go online, go to the app, or call the phone number to get screened and to get an appointment,” Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said. “If they get screened and get an appointment, it will go a lot faster for everyone involved.”

Those individuals experiencing symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus and who want to be tested must call 601-496-7200 for an appointment.

Individuals can also register using the C-spire Health app to be screened for an appointment to be screened. Follow this link to download the C-Spire app to your smartphone: https://www.cspire.com/cms/wireless/cspire-health-download/

Appointments for testing will only be given to people who are symptomatic for COVID-19 and are determined to need testing. Anyone not experiencing symptoms is asked not to call and not to use the app.

During the screening, a medical provider will determine the patient’s level of risk for having COVID-19 based on their symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat. Anyone found to be high-risk for having coronavirus will receive an appointment to be tested at a collection site closest to them.

“If someone feels they have the symptoms, feel they need to be tested, they need to go to the app, or call the number to be screened,” Warren County Emergency Management Agency Director John Elfer. “Get registered first. It should flow fairly easily. They have a good plan.”

Elfer added that he believes the test facility should be able to accommodate 90-100 tests.

Anyone determined to be at low risk for infection will not receive an appointment but instead will receive instructions on social distancing, home isolation, and self-care — and told to call back if symptoms worsen.

At the site, those individuals with appointments will remain in their vehicles and will be approached by a medical provider who will conduct the test. The individual being tested will not need to get out of the vehicle.

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

The testing site is open for any individual who lives in Mississippi. No one from another state will be allowed to register, be screened or receive an appointment.

About Tim Reeves

Tim Reeves, and his wife Stephanie, are the parents of three children, Sarah Cameron, Clayton and Fin, who all attend school in the Vicksburg Warren School District. The family are members of First Baptist Church Vicksburg. Tim is involved in a number of civic and volunteer organizations including the United Way of West Central Mississippi and serves on the City of Vicksburg's Riverfront Redevelopment Committee.

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