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COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus that causes flu-like illness ranging from mild to severe, with symptoms of fever, coughing, fatigue and difficulty breathing. Like the flu, COVID-19 spreads person-to-person by close contact (within 6 feet) and by coughing or sneezing. COVID-19 may also spread by touching surfaces contaminated by the virus.
You can be tested for COVID-19 by local medical providers statewide, or at free testing sites held at various locations around the state. Some providers may require that you have qualifying symptoms before testing.
Testing Site Locations
All Mississippians can be tested for COVID-19 free of charge by appointment at regularly scheduled county health locations. Check here for a list of sites.
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.
Free drive-through testing is offered by the Mississippi Department of Health in partnership with the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Drive-through testing by appointment is available daily at the West Street Farmers Market in Jackson. Masks are also available daily by appointment.
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 online patient screening form. If the clinician determines that your likelihood of infection is high, you will receive an appointment for drive-through testing.
Testing is Monday-Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the West Street Farmers Market, corner of West and Woodrow Wilson Avenue, or 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at one-day sites.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides vaccination information and guidelines. Topics include:
Health care professionals can find up-to-date guidelines at these locations:
You Call the Shots - produced by the CDC, You Call the Shots is an interactive, web-based immunization training course. The course is updated regularly to include the latest guidelines and recommendations. The course consists of a series of modules that discuss vaccine-preventable diseases. Each module provides learning opportunities, self-test practice questions, reference and resource materials, and an extensive glossary.