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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: 341862

Reported Deaths: 7533
CountyCasesDeaths
Hinds23783441
DeSoto23180283
Harrison20365329
Rankin15307290
Jackson15087251
Madison10917227
Lee10674179
Jones8969169
Forrest8621159
Lauderdale7839243
Lowndes7016151
Lamar696289
Lafayette6535124
Washington5589139
Pearl River5141152
Bolivar4949134
Oktibbeha491698
Panola4766112
Warren4709127
Marshall4691106
Pontotoc446273
Union432579
Monroe4322137
Neshoba4268181
Hancock423788
Lincoln4171116
Pike3650113
Leflore3619125
Tate352888
Alcorn349574
Sunflower347194
Adams340588
Scott340176
Yazoo338575
Copiah323468
Simpson322090
Itawamba314180
Coahoma313385
Tippah304768
Prentiss297863
Covington291883
Leake284675
Marion283681
Wayne276143
George270551
Grenada268888
Newton261564
Tishomingo239370
Winston236584
Jasper229548
Attala225973
Stone225337
Chickasaw218760
Holmes199274
Clay196754
Clarke186280
Tallahatchie183742
Calhoun181232
Smith178935
Yalobusha171340
Walthall145348
Lawrence141626
Greene139734
Amite136943
Noxubee134835
Perry133238
Montgomery132244
Carroll125931
Webster121032
Jefferson Davis116234
Tunica113427
Benton106225
Claiborne105031
Kemper102329
Humphreys100133
Franklin87723
Quitman84619
Choctaw82319
Wilkinson77732
Jefferson71128
Sharkey51618
Issaquena1736
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 577463

Reported Deaths: 11510
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson841981589
Mobile47171860
Madison37047533
Tuscaloosa26915465
Shelby26873256
Montgomery25918625
Baldwin24499328
Lee16949181
Calhoun15252332
Morgan15017290
Etowah14778370
Marshall12933235
Houston11774292
Elmore10761217
St. Clair10617252
Limestone10574158
Cullman10363205
Lauderdale10083254
DeKalb9382191
Talladega8836188
Walker7681287
Autauga7479114
Jackson7317117
Blount7266139
Colbert6635142
Coffee6163132
Dale5453117
Russell470642
Chilton4682117
Covington4649125
Franklin450081
Tallapoosa4440156
Escambia427882
Chambers3898125
Dallas3717163
Clarke367763
Marion3427106
Pike327879
Lawrence3225101
Winston294973
Bibb284565
Geneva276383
Marengo259967
Barbour246261
Pickens240062
Butler238272
Hale232778
Fayette225264
Henry209245
Monroe197241
Randolph196744
Cherokee196348
Washington180139
Macon168752
Crenshaw165558
Clay163759
Cleburne160245
Lamar149938
Lowndes144854
Wilcox130531
Bullock126142
Conecuh119630
Coosa116929
Perry109928
Sumter109032
Greene98736
Choctaw64325
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