TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) – A group of urgent care clinics in Tupelo are seeing a rise in coronavirus cases following the Thanksgiving holiday.
“I’m a homebody, taking care of my grandson,” Miles Whitehead said. He and his grandson came to the MedPlus Clinic in Tupelo in front of Academy Sports on Tuesday. He said his daughters have coronavirus, and now he and his grandson are getting tested to be safe.
“I have a disabled grandson who’s vulnerable, and I'm over sixty-two, and I'm vulnerable, so we wanted to come get checked ourselves,” Whitehead explained.
“For our clinic, I would say that we’re probably nearly a hundred percent up since the Thanksgiving holidays,” MedPlus Clinics Director John Logan said.
According to Logan, positive cases went from 7-10% positive rates to between 25-30%.
He said some of those numbers are artificial because people got tested more than once.
“They’re wanting to come back, they’re wanting to go to work, that kinda thing, and so some of the same people getting tested again, and those are reported to the state, so that is artificially rising some of the numbers,” Logan said.
He explained other things factor in as well, including the availability of tests, and more people are getting tested.
“Don’t think it’s quite as bad as we think it is,” Logan said.
“We have been covered up,” MedPlus tester Nikki Wicker said.
She said they have tested between 90 and 150 people most days. She explained the tests are fast, and they get test results back within 30 minutes She added the high testing rates started before Thanksgiving and have stayed consistent.
Wicker added that people can call and make appointments, but the clinic will also serve walk-ins.