Montgomery EMA gives appointment only COVID-19 tests

Published: Jan. 5, 2022 at 4:46 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 5, 2022 at 6:25 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - As COVID-19 variants continue to spread, the need for testing has skyrocketed. The Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency offered testing Wednesday by appointment only as a way to do its part filling the gap.

“We’ve been receiving so many calls, people trying to find that can’t get into an AFC or they can’t get into their doctor, or PriMed, or even the ER. We know that there are strains for actually getting the test,” said Montgomery EMA Director Christina Thornton. “We had access, and we had some in stock. So that’s how we initially started. We had some for testing city and county employees. So we wanted to expand this and help some of our community out that were having such a struggle.”

Thornton says this has been the scene over the last week as they do drive- thru COVID testing, serving many residents who struggled to find a testing location.

“It’s been overwhelming,” Thornton said. “We did over 250 tests in two days, which I know that doesn’t sound like much but 1,500 people called over the weekend trying to get a test.”

The process is very simple. After booking your appointment through the online portal. You will drive up, fill out a form, get a test, and then wait for your results.

“We have you in and out of here in less than 15 minutes, it’s quite simple,” said Thornton.

Currently, testing without an appointment is not available due to demand for a limited supply of tests. It’s unclear how long the testing will continue, though the EMA is looking at ways to extend it as long as possible.

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