Free COVID testing for Teachers, School Staff and Nurses, and Childcare Facility Workers
K-12 school teachers, staff and administrators in public or private schools, and childcare facility workers can be tested free at any scheduled county health department testing locations listed below, or daily at the free testing site in Jackson. Testing is offered at these locations only on scheduled days:
Tuesday, September 15, noon – 7 p.m.
Clarke County health department
Lauderdale County health department
Wednesday, September 16, noon – 7 p.m.
Jasper County health department
Wayne County health department
Thursday, September 17, noon – 7 p.m.
Jones County health department
Free Daily Testing in Jackson - drive-through testing by appointment is available daily at the West Street Farmers Market in Jackson.
Please make an appointment before you visit by filling out an online questionnaire. You will receive an appointment regardless of whether you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone who is infected.
School nurses can obtain a free N-95 mask at scheduled county health department locations listed. Be sure to bring school identification or confirmation on school or district letterhead that you are a school nurse. Masks are distributed at these locations only on the scheduled days. Please make an appointment before you visit. Masks are also available daily by appointment at the testing site in Jackson.
Before You Visit: Making an 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 at https://covidschedule.umc.edu/. If the clinician determines that your likelihood of infection is high, you will receive an appointment for drive-through testing. (Teachers and school staff will always receive an appointment when they call or apply.)
After You Are Tested
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should isolate yourself while you wait for test results. If you have a sample taken at one of these locations, it is essential to remain at home and away from other family members as much as possible to prevent the possible spread of disease.