One-day COVID-19 testing available in Clinton on April 8

One-day COVID-19 testing available in Clinton on April 8

CLINTON, Miss. (WLBT) - There will be one-day testing in Clinton for coronavirus this week.

The testing will take place on Wednesday, April 8, at Traceway Park from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Anyone who thinks they need a test should download the C Spire Health app and go through the steps on there before going.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers says anyone who thinks they may have the infection, they should isolate their self from the rest of their family and avoid going to the grocery store or anywhere else. If you haven’t got the results of your test back, there’s no way of knowing if you have the virus or not.

“If we don’t get infected, we can’t infect those people who are at higher risk,” Byers said.

Mayor Phil Fisher thanked everyone for using social distancing efforts to lower the number of positive tests.

Speaker Phillip Gunn said the best way you can avoid spreading the virus is avoid large groups of people. He said the number one reason for social distancing is to avoid overwhelming the health care system. People are still having car accidents, heart attacks or other events where they need medical help.

Gunn recommended some people wait to file unemployment because the system is overwhelmed right now. He said the unemployment benefits start from the day you lost your job, not the day you file, so if you can wait to file, you should.

Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson urged people not to bring the entire family to the grocery store. He said if possible, let one person do the shopping for everyone. He also urged people not to hoard, saying there are plenty of supplies to go around if everyone only buys what they need.

Gipson also discussed the case of COVID-19 in a tiger in New York. He said they do not have any information on whether an animal could spread the coronavirus to a human.

“There are a lot of unknowns,” he said. “...when we have answers, we will make them available.”

Byers said since we don’t know if animals can spread the virus, someone with the virus should avoid being the primary caregiver for their pets if possible.

If you have questions about the testing, call 607-813-6379.

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