Jackson, Miss. (( WJTV ) – Jackson’s New Jerusalem Church has experienced an influx of people seeking the COVID-19 test in the midst of a surge in new cases.
Test sites are backed up throughout the metropolitan area as holiday trips, the spread of Omicron variants, and home testing pop out of the shelves.
Rev. Dwayne Pickett of the New Jerusalem Church said that the number of people appearing at the church’s test site has almost tripled. The test site opened in partnership with LABL INQ over a year ago.
Pickett said he had never seen a longer line than in the last few days on both Old Canton and Raymond Road campuses. This site has tested over 500 people this week. The drive-through site is open to the public and no reservation is required.
“I think people really understand that we have to stay vigilant. We have to do something. We have to protect ourselves. Most The important thing is to keep the virus from spreading because you need to know if you are infected with it, “said Pickett.
The Mississippi Department of Health (MSDH) plans to open more COVID-19 testing sites throughout the state to limit lines and long wait times.