WATCH: COVID-19 drive-thru testing ends for the day at Church of Highland on Grants Mill Rd

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) UPDATE 03/18/20 – Hundreds are lined up at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing site located on Church of the Highlands located on Grants Mill Road.



According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, the state has 39 confirmed coronavirus cases.

So since 6:30 Wednesday morning, many people have been flocking to check their status as well as their family members.

But around 9:00 a.m. health officials at the testing site announced that if you are not already in the parking lot, then you will not be able to get testing today.

They say that they do plan to have the COVID-19 testing at this location Thursday as well.

The details on the drive-thru testing for Thursday have not been released at this time.

According to the Church of the Highlands officials, the testing site estimated they tested about 400 patients in 4 hours on Tuesday. Health officials say that the testing site was prepared for 500 Tuesday but thousands showed up.

Christ Health Center administers say that they are asking those to only get in line if you have a fever, cough, or have been directly exposed or close personal contact with a confirmed patient.

You will be turned away if you don’t meet that criteria.

03/17/20 – Coronavirus testing at the Church of the Highlands on Grandview Parkway has closed for the rest of Tuesday after a huge influx of people flocked to the testing site.

Traffic was so bad on Highway 280 leading to the site that it caused major delays for hours. The Birmingham Police Department had to step in and assist with directing traffic in efforts to allow hospital workers and patients access to the facility.

During a press conference Tuesday afternoon, the Church of the Highlands and Assurance Labs announced they are moving their drive-thru testing site to their main campus, located on Grants Mill Road.

Cars will be able to begin lining up at 6:30 AM, but no cars can line up before then.

According to the Church of the Highlands officials, the testing site estimated they tested about 400 patients in 4 hours on Tuesday.

They say, the testing site was prepared for 500 but thousands showed up.

Christ Health Center administers say that they are asking those to only get in line if you have a fever, cough, or have been directly exposed or close personal contact with a confirmed patient.

You will be turned away if you don’t meet that criteria.

Testing WILL NOT happen at Grandview tomorrow, it will only take place at the Grants Mill Road location.

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