ELC Enhancing Detection: Mississippi Testing Plan   [open pdf - 550KB]

From the Document: "The overarching strategy of the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is to provide a consistent and scalable testing capacity to inform county level incidence, to provide access to testing of vulnerable populations and to provide hotspot or targeted enhanced testing as indicated by the current epidemiology. This will be accomplished through enhancement and assurance of testing capacity in the Mississippi Public Health Laboratory (MPHL), numerous commercial laboratories, hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), in Long Term Care Facility (LTCF) settings and other healthcare facilities and clinics. Several testing methodologies are available to providers in Mississippi including RT-PCR [reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction], serology, and antigen through various commercial laboratories, hospital laboratories, and MPHL, and through rapid test platforms in hospital emergency departments and clinics throughout the state. The wide availability of these tests has provided broad reach to testing throughout the state, with some limitations noted in reagents, collection kits and cartridges and other testing supplies. However, in recent weeks, approximately 17,000 -21,000 tests for COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] per week have been conducted in Mississippi consistent with a 2% monthly testing expectation."

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