Drive-thru COVID tests at Joe Mack Campbell Park

Drive-thru COVID testing with fast and accurate results is now being conducted at Joe Mack Campbell Park in Jonesboro.

The tests require no out-of-pocket expense, as either your insurance or the federal CARES Act will pay for the cost. And it is convenient – you can receive the test without getting out of your vehicle, and have the results within 24 to 48 hours.

“This is a key service in the effort to identify and limit the spread of COVID in our region,” Mayor Harold Copenhaver said. “You can go without an appointment, and it is easy and at no cost to the person being tested.”

Tests will be administered by Natural State Labs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Saturday for an undetermined number of weeks. The park is at 3021 Dan Ave., and both entrances are currently open. The testing tent is near the soccer concession stand. You will need a driver’s license/ID and, if insured, your insurance card. No appointment or doctor’s reference is required.

The site has opened at a time of both good and bad news about the coronavirus in northeast Arkansas.

Caseloads in Craighead County have receded in the past week and hospitalizations had fallen to below 100 as of Monday. Meanwhile, variants of the virus continue to spread throughout the nation at up to 10 times the rate of the original strain.

“We are happy to see the cases in our state and city coming down,” said City Medical Director Dr. Shane Speights, dean of NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University. “However, we know that COVID is still being spread in our area and must remain vigilant if we want to see a true end to this pandemic.

“Testing is also the only way we can identify new COVID variants that might come into our state, and we know that ultimately will occur.”

press release – City of Jonesboro

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