Students and staff of R.A. Hubbard High School and Hazlewood Elementary are encouraged to take advantage of a free drive-up COVID-19 testing clinic held in Courtland this weekend.

Organizing partners, Lawrence Medical Center and the Lawrence County Chapter of the NAACP, will set up at R.A. Hubbard High School, at 1205 Jessie Jackson Street in Courtland, from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday.

LMC President Dean Griffin said the clinic is prepared to test up to 300 people during the testing service, which is intended for students and staff in the community.

“There is no cost to the individual, but they do need to bring their insurance information or their social security number,” Griffin said.

The two organizing groups hosted a similar testing service at the First Baptist Church of Courtland on July 18, where 121 people were tested.

Of those 121 tests, Griffin said eight were returned positive.

LMC continues COVID-19 testing through its Urgent Care Clinic in Moulton.

“We have seen those (testing) numbers increase over the last few weeks, although we are getting mostly negative results,” Griffin added.

He said the hospital has had three employees either test positive for the coronavirus or they have been exposed to COVID-19 and are in quarantine.

“We follow or exceed (Centers for Disease Control) guidelines by having them quarantine before returning to work,” he said. “We do not believe or have evidence that any of those employees were positive as a result of exposures at LMC, but were positive due to exposures outside work.”

Lawrence Medical Center has seen two COVID-19 positive patients since the spread of the virus was reported in Lawrence County. Griffin said of the two patients that were seen over a month ago at separate times, one was transferred to another area hospital and the other was discharged to quarantine at home.

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