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Drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at Birmingham church closed

pollution from the exhaust of cars in the city in the winter. Smoke from cars on a cold winter day

NOTE: We’re tracking testing site information here.

A drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at the Church of Highlands Grandview campus closed on Tuesday after thousands of cars clogged traffic on U.S. 280, reported. 

Attempts to reach church staff on Tuesday were unsuccessful, but reported that the heavy traffic was preventing staff and visitors access to the nearby Grandview Medical Center. 

A church leader told an reporter that the site closed because it reached its capacity. 

The site’s closure Tuesday came after Assurance Scientific Labs, the company operating the testing, had closed two previous sites in Birmingham and Bessemer and announced one site would relocate to the church. 

The Alabama Department of Public Health announced Tuesday that the state has set up 6 screening sites, located in Hale, Montgomery, Marengo, Jefferson, Tuscaloosa and Elmore counties. 

Anyone who believes they need to be tested is asked to call the state’s hotline at 1-888-264-2256.

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Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.

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