COVID-19 drive-through testing available in Tuscumbia weekdays

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Colbert County Health Department
(256) 383-1231

The Colbert County Health Department and Helen Keller Hospital offer drive-through testing for the novel coronavirus COVID-19 at the Colbert County Office Complex Building located at 1101 Highway 72 East, Tuscumbia, to patients who meet the testing criteria. The site is open Mondays through Fridays from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Specimen collection is free at this site. While a doctor’s order is preferred, it is not required. The phone number at the site is (256) 460-8932. Providers may also call that number to give a verbal order for their patients.

To be tested, individuals age 10 and older must meet these criteria which were updated April 24, 2020:

The patient is a resident of a long-term care facility and the facility has laboratory-confirmed cases in residents or staff, or

The patient is symptomatic with at minimum (measured or subjective) fever OR cough OR shortness of breath, and

  • hospitalized, or
  • immunocompromised or has co-morbidities, or
  • age 65 years or older, or
  • a healthcare worker, or
  • associated with a long-term healthcare facility, or
  • has moderate, severe, or worsening symptoms.

If you have no symptoms, testing is not recommended. If you have mild symptoms and do not fall into one of the above high-risk groups, it is recommended that you self-isolate at home and call 1-888-264-2256 if your symptoms worsen.

The site, run by the Alabama Department of Public Health and Helen Keller Hospital, has been in operation since March 18, 2020, and has collected 520 specimens in 28 clinic days.

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04/28/2020


ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
RSA Tower 201 Monroe Street, Suite 910, Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 206-5300 | Fax: (334) 206-5520