PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HOSTED AT LEGION FIELD ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2020 AT 2:30 P.M. CST TO ANNOUNCE THE OPENING OF A NEW COVID-19 TESTING SITE AT THE FACILITY
PRESS RELEASE Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Beginning Thursday, May 14, 2020, Legion Field will now offer appointments for COVID-19 testing to any resident who believes they need one, regardless of insurance, ability to pay or whether they have symptoms or not. Testing will be available weekdays from 9:00am – 4:00pm until further notice.
For appointments, residents should call (205) 92-COVID (205-922-6843) where they will receive an appointment for an over-the-phone consultation with a healthcare provider. All patients will then be given a designated time slot for a healthcare provider-administered swab test at Legion Field.
Results are typically available within 24-48 hours. Patients must visit the site in their vehicle, as testing is done in the car.
The new site is powered through a partnership between the following agencies: 1st Foundation, Birmingham City Council/City of Birmingham, Birmingham Park and Recreation Board, Clergy Concerned for the Community, Jefferson County Department of Health, Lab Works, Nova Medicos and Ross Bridge Medical Center.
Birmingham City Council President William Parker states, “Thanks to all of our partners for making this site possible. We are working together to ensure our residents have adequate access to testing and Legion Field will be a major component in reaching our testing goals and flattening the curve.”
The increased access to community testing will help the City of Birmingham diagnose and treat infected residents as the state has now eased social restrictions with an amended Safer at Home Order which went into effect on Monday, May 11, 2020.
“Safety is a priority and we believe the appointment-based registration and testing process will eliminate overcrowding so that we can adequately treat as many people as possible,” said Purvi Shah, CEO of Novamedicos and Dr. Madhav Devani, Medical Director at RBMC.
While you don’t need symptoms to get tested, symptoms that may warrant a test include cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, fatigue, muscle ache, sore throat, headache, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, recent loss of taste or smell, or confusion, particularly in older adults.
Lab Works Co-Founder, David Dyer states, “Lab Works is fully committed and dedicated in offering our laboratory services to meet the COVID-19 testing needs of our Birmingham community in this project.”
According to the Jefferson County Unified Command GIS Hub, to date there have been 24,378 individuals tested, 1,158 active cases and 64 deaths throughout Jefferson County.
For local coronavirus information visit www.jcdh.org
WHO: President William Parker, Dr. David Hicks, and local pastors
WHAT: Press conference
WHEN: Today, Wednesday May 12th, 2:30PM
WHERE: Legion Field
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