MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Christ Community Health Services will offer COVID-19 drive-thru testing in the parking lot of its Third Street location.
The center will only test those who have a fever over 100 degrees, shortness of breath or dry cough. If you have those symptoms, testing will be available March 21 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Only 50 people will be given the tests, and you must schedule an appointment with them prior to arrival.
“A lot of people are afraid they have been exposed to COVID-19,” Dr. Reginique Green said.
Green is the top doctor at Christ Community Health Services, which has seven locations in Memphis. They know treating this virus is just as important for the communities they serve as anywhere else.
“We have an internal task force group where we meet daily, coming up with solutions to increase exposure, education and safety,” Green said.
If you want to request an appointment at the Third Street location, text “test2020” to 91999 and follow their instructions. If you are selected for testing, you will receive a call to discuss the appointment and get a screening over the phone.
“Important to know only highly vulnerable population eligible, so if you have a fever or cough, have travel history or been exposed to someone who’s tested positive for COVID-19, then you’d be eligible,” Green said.
Green said the test kit is the same one they use for other viruses, involving a swab. They only have enough supplies for 50 people, and they do expect appointments to fill up.
Green said LabCorps will test the kits for coronavirus, and results should be back in about two days.