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COVID-19: Drive-in testing at health department today

Drive-in COVID-19 testing clinics is being offered at the Escambia County Health Department, 8600 Highway 31 N., Suite 17, in Atmore today, July 27, from 1 to 3 p.m., according to a release.

Call 251-368-9188 for an appointment and to preregister. A provider referral is preferred. Email the referral to health department prior to an appointment at swdistrictcovid19@adph.state.al.us.

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, fatigue, congestion or runny nose, and new loss of taste or smell.

These are the requirements for testing:

· Persons with symptoms

· Healthcare facility workers, workers in congregate living settings, and first responders with symptoms

· Persons without symptoms who have underlying medical conditions or disability placing them at a higher risk of complications or screening of other asymptomatic individuals based on a case-by-case review and approval by the state health department or local health jurisdiction.

The Alabama Department of Public Health advises the following measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

· Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds

· Social distance by staying 6 feet away from others

· Avoid people who are sick

· Stay home if you can; work remotely if possible

· Cover your mouth and nose with a face covering when around others

· Cover coughs and sneezes

· Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

· Monitor your health

For more information, visit alabamapublichealth.gov.