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The Mississippi State Department of Health is now operating a hotline for convenient answers to questions about COVID-19 by phone. If you suspect you are have symptoms, call the Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline (7 days a week, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.) at 877-978-6453. Hard of hearing? Dial 711 for assistance.
Anyone can be tested for COVID-19 at an MSDH site if they have COVID-19 symptoms, or if they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
There is no charge for testing.
Free COVID-19 testing from MSDH is available at scheduled locations around the state.
Please schedule a testing appointment ahead of time. You can also make an appointment at the testing site, but same-day openings may not be available.
Testing is open to all Mississippians, but before visiting a county health department or other testing site, you must first be screened by speaking with a UMMC clinician to determine your likelihood of COVID-19 infection or exposure. This can be done by calling 601-496-7200 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday) or completing the UMMC COVID-19 screening form, above. If the clinician determines that your likelihood of infection is high, you will receive an appointment for drive-through testing.
If you need a free ride to get your COVID-19 vaccine, call one of these organizations:
Helpful Health Sites:
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Mississippi County Health Departments and Public Health Regions:
The Mississippi County Health Department serves Mississippi County and surrounding communities with various programs which include immunizations, lab services, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program, Show Me Healthy Women, Wise Woman, Family Planning, Registered Dietitians, Environmental Health Services, Safe Cribs, Infant Mortality Initiative with the Voice of Mississippi County, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, Prenatal Case Management, STD Services, Communicable Disease Investigation, Birth and Death Certificates, Parentlink Navigator, Southeast Regional Arthritis Center, Walk with Ease, Chronic Disease Self Management Program, Diabetes Center, Diabetes Self Management Program, Period of Purple Crying, Opioid Data to Action, Reducing the Risk and Teen Outreach Program.
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