Demand for COVID testing prompts Covington Co. Hospital to open new drive-thru site

Demand for COVID testing prompts Covington Co. Hospital to open new drive-thru site

COVINGTON COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - Demand for COVID-19 testing has prompted the Covington County Hospital to open a new, larger drive-thru testing site.

It’s at the former location of Clayton Pharmacy, next to the Collins Civic Center.

Hours are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“We’ve been seeing on average, about 150 people per day, so it’s been a great service, I think and it’s helped people know when they need to quarantine and hopefully, kept people healthy and safe,” said Clancy Sanford, marketing director for Covington County Hospital.

The testing site has been open for about a week. Hospital personnel say it will remain open indefinitely.

According to hospital staff, it’s a rapid testing center. Testing only takes about 15 minutes and results will be delivered by phone within 24 hours.

“We do ask for your insurance information and we will bill your insurance if you have it,” said Sanford. “If you do not have insurance, we’ll still make sure you get tested and you’re not billed, so no one is getting billed for this testing.”

Testing had previously been done for several months at a facility next to the hospital.

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