APPOINTMENT-ONLY COVID-19 TESTING SITE OPENS IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

Most of the positive tests for coronavirus come from heavily-populated Jefferson County. That’s where a new test location opened early Monday morning.

In downtown Birmingham at University Boulevard and 22nd Street, a new coronavirus drive-up facility opened this morning at 7 a.m. by the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB). Unlike test sites that were unveiled last week, there isn’t a long line of cars – and there’s a good reason for that.

UAB Medicine and the Jefferson County Department of Health set up this new drive-through testing site. It’s called the Downtown COVID-19 Testing Site, and visiting this site is by appointment only. People who have symptoms of coronavirus can call for over-the-phone screening. The screening might prompt physicians to instruct the patient to come to this location for actual COVID-19 screening. Visitors are asked to show up a few minutes before their test time and tune their FM radios to 90.7 for further instructions.

“You’ll be directed by our staff and our signage as you move through the testing facility. Carefully follow all instructions. To be tested, you must follow all instructions,” the voice in the radio instructs.

In an abundance of caution, UAB staff will hold up a sign with a phone number on it. The visitor will call that number for further instructions. People are not to roll their windows down until told to do so. Only the doctor administering the test will have actual contact with patients when they take a swab sample.

“Once at the swab site, carefully follow instructions. Do not speak to our staff; they’re here to help you and they know you are thankful for their service,” the radio will instruct again. Communication is almost completely separated, so as to prevent spreading the disease more.

Test results from this site should be available in four to five days. Anyone tested should self-quarantine until they receive their results and maintain social distancing, even if their test result is negative.

This testing site will be open every day from 7 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. To make an appointment, call 205-975-1881.

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