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MSU holds more drive-thru testing, sees decrease in coronavirus cases

MSU hosted another round of drive-thru COVID-19 testing for students, staff and faculty.

Posted: Sep 17, 2020 6:46 PM
Updated: Sep 17, 2020 8:47 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - While testing opportunities have increased on campus, Mississippi State University (MSU) has seen a decrease in the number of positive coronavirus cases.

MSU hosted another round of testing Thursday outside the Palmeiro Center, the multi-purpose facility in which MSU football and baseball teams practice.

Students, faculty and staff attended.

“We planned to do this just for the people who were worried, or maybe they weren’t showing symptoms but thought possibly they had COVID,” said Jeremy Baham, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.

MSU partnered with OCH Regional Medical Center to allow a fast and easy way for people on campus to receive testing.

OCH Public Relations Coordinator Mary Kathryn Kight said this form of testing gives patients a sense of ease.

“With MSU offering this drive-thru testing for free, that eliminates the barrier for people thinking, ‘Oh I don’t want to have to go and get tested and stay in the clinic for a long time and have to pay for it.’ With it being free, they’re able to come in, drive through, get tested within one to two minutes.”

Within the first 20 minutes on Thursday, OCH staff tested 21 different people.

MSU saw a major decline in the number of cases on campus, falling from more than 1,000 last week to around 350 cases this week.

Baham said the school is pushing to keep students and staff safe.

“We’re doing a lot of deep cleaning around the university,” he said. “As long as they’re on campus, we’re maintaining the physical distance whether that’s in line for lunch or in our classrooms. We’re requiring masks in all of our socials areas.”

Baham also credits students' commitment.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 156868

Reported Deaths: 3851
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto10409104
Hinds10279202
Harrison7313112
Jackson6566128
Rankin5887106
Lee529496
Madison5014107
Forrest389786
Jones369088
Lauderdale3594147
Lafayette338253
Washington3246108
Lamar297850
Oktibbeha252362
Lowndes247064
Bolivar244384
Panola232653
Neshoba2249121
Marshall222851
Leflore208591
Monroe206778
Pontotoc204231
Lincoln197366
Sunflower192655
Warren180258
Tate177751
Union171926
Copiah167940
Pike165359
Yazoo160140
Scott159430
Itawamba157635
Alcorn155628
Pearl River155368
Coahoma152743
Simpson152653
Prentiss151331
Adams144752
Grenada143345
Leake139744
Holmes133461
Covington128639
Tippah128430
George128325
Winston125526
Hancock124341
Wayne121323
Marion119446
Attala119334
Tishomingo112443
Chickasaw109432
Newton108229
Tallahatchie98127
Clay94727
Clarke93653
Jasper85223
Stone80615
Calhoun78713
Walthall77629
Montgomery76926
Carroll74115
Lawrence73814
Smith73216
Yalobusha73128
Noxubee72717
Perry68326
Tunica62619
Greene61522
Jefferson Davis59017
Claiborne58916
Amite56615
Humphreys54719
Benton50018
Quitman5007
Webster46714
Kemper45018
Wilkinson40522
Jefferson37112
Choctaw3617
Franklin3555
Sharkey32417
Issaquena1204
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 252900

Reported Deaths: 3638
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson33526501
Mobile20103365
Madison13723151
Tuscaloosa13366154
Montgomery12552236
Shelby1079677
Baldwin9051137
Lee787266
Morgan696451
Calhoun6598121
Etowah656167
Marshall647357
Houston541038
DeKalb498137
Cullman462443
St. Clair441956
Limestone440445
Lauderdale426754
Elmore421164
Walker3735111
Talladega370157
Jackson340423
Colbert332042
Blount306140
Autauga281842
Franklin257434
Coffee250015
Dale239054
Dallas231532
Chilton228939
Russell22663
Covington225034
Escambia202331
Tallapoosa187291
Chambers182750
Pike161514
Clarke161019
Marion144736
Winston137523
Lawrence133436
Pickens126518
Geneva12508
Marengo123424
Bibb120418
Barbour118911
Butler118642
Randolph105522
Cherokee105124
Hale98131
Fayette94616
Washington93219
Clay92824
Henry8896
Monroe83011
Lowndes80929
Cleburne78814
Macon75522
Crenshaw72230
Bullock70119
Lamar7018
Conecuh70014
Perry6916
Wilcox64818
Sumter58622
Greene43518
Choctaw43114
Coosa3664
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