Drive-in COVID-19 testing available in Dallas County on Tuesdays and Thursdays

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Drive-in COVID-19 testing in Dallas County begins May 26.
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Drive-in COVID-19 testing clinics will be offered at the Dallas County Health Department, 100 Sam O. Moseley Drive, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. beginning May 26, the Alabama Department of Health announced.

The public is asked to please call (334) 874-2550 for an appointment and to preregister. A physician referral is preferred.

According to the Alabama Department of Health, new criteria for people to be tested include the following additions:

The patient is a resident (with or without symptoms) of a long-term care facility and the facility has laboratory-confirmed cases in residents or staff, or are
· Hospitalized patients with symptoms
· Healthcare facility workers, workers in congregate living settings, and first responders with symptoms
· Residents in long-term care facilities or other congregate living settings, including correctional and detention facilities and shelters, with symptoms
· Persons without symptoms who have underlying medical conditions or disability placing them at a higher risk of complications, residency in a congregate housing setting such as a homeless shelter or long-term care facility, or screening of other asymptomatic individuals based on a case-by-case review and approval by the state health department or local health jurisdiction.

Symptoms of COVID-19 consist of either cough or shortness of breath (difficulty breathing) or at least two of the following: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.