Starting 8:00 a.m. CT on Saturday, March 14, Alabamians have a central place to call with questions about being tested for coronavirus (COVID-19).
The new helpline number from the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is 1-888-264-2256.
The number is primarily for Alabamians who do not have a healthcare provider to call.
The ADPH is still advising Alabamians with a primary care physician to call their own doctor (not visit in-person) if they think they might have coronavirus.
From there, the doctor over-the-phone can do preliminary screening to determine if a specimen should be taken from the patient to then be officially tested.
If a person has questions about being tested for #COVID19, they should call their doctor to make arrangements for testing. If you don’t have a healthcare provider, please call 1-888-264-2256, starting today at 8:00 a.m. @ALPublicHealth @CDCgov #alpoliticshttps://t.co/HXriTxw9jL
— Will Ainsworth (@willainsworthAL) March 14, 2020
You can find the latest information on coronavirus at ADPH’s website here.
Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn