For a while, it was said that the only people who could test for COVID-19 were those who presented with symptoms.  However, it has also been revealed that not everyone with the virus will have all symptoms.  But knowing your status is the best thing you can to do protect yourself and others and give you peace of mind.

There are few places to be tested in West Alabama, but a new one has emerged.

The Sanctuary of Hope Church (361 Bear Creek Rd; Tuscaloosa, AL 35405) will host American Medical Screening, Inc. for COVID-19 Testing on Saturday, March 30 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Though drive-ups are welcome, appointments are encouraged.  To make an appointment, text “REGISTER” to 47177.

Upon arrival, those being tested should remain in vehicles with windows up.

Because tests are limited, only those who meet official state testing guidelines will be screened. According to the CDC, priorities for COVID-19 testing for those who aren’t in healthcare facilities include the following:

  • Persons with symptoms of potential COVID-19 infection, including: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea, and/or sore throat.
  • Persons without symptoms who are prioritized by health departments or clinicians, for any reason, including but not limited to: public health monitoring, sentinel surveillance, or screening of other asymptomatic individuals according to state and local plans.

Numerous accounts of testing indicate it is a much less than pleasurable experience, but the subjects would better be safe than sorry. For a visual on the testing process, watch this video.