Testing appears to have slowed down at least slightly at Oktibbeha County’s busiest testing site to begin the week as the county’s total number of virus cases stayed at 37 to begin the week.

Dr. Cameron Huxford, whose clinic has been conducting drive-thru tests on Strange Road since mid-March, has seen the majority of the area’s positive cases resulting from tests done at his site across the road from OCH Regional Medical Center. To start the week, Huxford said the drive-thru site was slower than usual, conducting nine tests on Monday.

“It seems to be decreasing in the drive-thru, nine [Monday], which may be a good thing,” Huxford said.

The lower number of patients coming through Huxford’s clinic on Monday followed the same trend as previous days since the MSDH and University of Mississippi Medical Center held a drive-thru testing site in Eupora last Thursday, where 25 people were tested — roughly the number of patients that had been coming through Huxford’s clinic each day since the testing began in mid-March.

Drive-thru testing will continue during business hours Monday through Friday until further notice. To be tested at the site, patients must first have been screened by their primary care physician.

On the hospital side, where Huxford serves as the ICU medical director, he said three COVID-19 patients were currently hospitalized, bringing the grand total of patients hospitalized to five since the pandemic began.

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