Supes urge for residents to test


By Steve Swogetinsky

The Kemper Messenger

The Kemper County board of supervisors is urging residents to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic testing site that will be set up in DeKalb on Friday.

The drive-thru site will be in the Kemper County High School parking lot from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Testing will be done by appointment only.

To register, download the C-Spire Health app from either the App Store (iOS) or Google play (Android). You can also call 601-496-7200.

You will be asked questions about your symptoms and travel. Then you will given a time to come be tested. Individuals without symptoms will not be tested. There is no cost for this testing.

Hundreds of people in Mississippi communities have taken advantage of the UMMC/MSDH drive-through collection sites. Those numbers include a total 759 people at 20 one-day testing states statewide, plus another 2,492 at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds, for a total of 3,251 tested.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi National Guard are partnering with UMMC and MSDH to coordinate mobile testing sites.

"We urge people to take advantage of this service if they are having symptoms," board president Pat Granger said, "They aren't coming to every county and we urged them to come. It is important to get tested if you are having any symptoms. The virus is a serious health threat."

Supervisors held their regular meeting by phone on Monday.

They approved the claims docket and the minutes from the previous meeting.

Supervisors approved a motion in which they committed to the match for an $800,000 ARC grant for expansion of industrial building to benefit Emilia Corporation with the money coming from the economic development fund.

The board also authorized the board president to sigh for the county for deed to sale the old Amory building in DeKalb to an incoming industry. The county co-owns the building with the town of DeKalb.

The board also approved for two checks to be sent to the state PERS totaling $3,413 and $6,407 for employees whose payments were missed.

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