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COVID-19 Testing In Alabama: Here’s What You Should Know
As of April 14, Alabama had 3,900 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 100 deaths, leading to shortages in medical supplies and testing materials statewide. Due to the contagious nature of COVID-19, the Alabama Department of Health (ADPH) urges people who are showing symptoms such as fever, cough, and other respiratory issues, to contact their physician rather than showing up at the ER or a doctor’s office.
Still, those who are at high risk of exposure from coronavirus such as healthcare workers, those over the age of 60, diabetics, and those with lung conditions should receive testing immediately if they suspect an infection.
COVID-19 TESTING SITES IN ALABAMA
COVID-19 testing in Alabama through an ADPH-managed site is free with a referral from a healthcare provider. Before showing up to a testing site, make sure you call your insurance provider to find out whether or not your testing will be covered.
The ADPH has set up a hotline for people who are concerned about whether or not they need testing, and can be reached at 1-888-264-2256.
UAB Medicine has a drive-thru testing site at the Environmental Sciences Laboratory parking lot at University Boulevard and 22nd Street South—it operates on an appointment-only basis. To make an appointment, call 205-975-1881.
Cahaba Medical Center offers curbside testing at its West End clinic at 1308 Tuscaloosa Avenue, Birmingham. Call 205-679-6325 for more information.
Christ Health operates an appointment-only testing center in Woodlawn at 5705 First Ave. North.
Acton Quick Care Clinic offers coronavirus testing for healthcare workers who provide direct patient care. Testing is available by scheduling a telemedicine appointment by texting or calling 205-525-6133. Texting is preferred.
Huntsville Hospital operates a drive-thru testing site in John Hunt Park off of Jaycee Way, near Joe Davis Stadium. The hospital plans to operate the clinic from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
Anyone who is interested in having a test needs to show doctor authorization before testing can be administered.
Diagnostic and Medical Clinic, an affiliate of Infirmary Health, is offering appointment-only drive-thru medical evaluations at 1700 Springhill Ave. and 831C Hillcrest Ave., Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evaluations are meant for people with fever, cough or trouble breathing Those exhibiting symptoms are encouraged to call at 251-435-1106 to speak to a clinician.
USA Health is offering appointment-only drive-thru testing at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Patients wanting to be tested should call 1-888-872-2650, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to be screened. If a patient meets specific testing criteria, the patient will be given an appointment time.
Appointment-only testing is available at Greater Mobile Urgent Care at 2350 Schillinger Road, Mobile, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Anyone who wants to be tested needs to call first to schedule a telemedicine appointment, and then a testing appointment will be scheduled afterward. Information is available at 251-633-0123.
Baptist Health in Montgomery operates an appointment-only screening and testing clinic on East Boulevard at Marti Lane. If you believe you need testing, please call 334-747-0150 to make an appointment.
For more information about testing sites in Alabama, be sure to visit this website.