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State establishes weekly COVID-19 testing event schedule

Media Contact: Lisa Cox Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Lisa.Cox@health.mo.gov

JEFFERSON CITY, MO -- Testing has been a pillar of the State’s response to COVID-19 for the past year. The increasingly widespread availability of testing resources and available laboratories made it possible for the State of Missouri to host intermittent testing events in communities throughout the state to provide greater accessibility to testing options and to learn more about the prevalence of COVID-19 community transmission, especially in the early days of this public health emergency.

Capacity has grown significantly, and testing efforts have continuously evolved to meet existing needs. The State will now sponsor community testing events in areas throughout the state in a regular weekly cadence. 

“We learned quickly in the early days of this public health crisis how important testing was to prevent the spread of the virus,” said Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. “The demand for COVID-19 testing has changed throughout the last year, but it is still a vital factor in moving us beyond this virus.” 

Testing will be available from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the following locations:

Mondays

  • IBEW Local #1 5850 Elizabeth Avenue St. Louis  
  • Heavy Construction Laborers, Local #663 7820 Prospect Kansas City

Tuesdays

  • Mother's Brewing Company Open Lot located on the corner of West College and Grant Avenue Springfield

Thursdays

  • Laborers Local #110 4532 S Lindbergh Blvd St. Louis  
  • Heavy Construction Laborers, Local #663 7820 Prospect Kansas City

Saturdays

  • Machinist Lodge #777 12365 St Charles Rock Rd Bridgeton  
  • Teamsters Local #955 4501 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. Kansas City

Sundays (select dates)

  • April 11 & 18, May 9 & 23, June 13 & 27 American Legion #1423 Tanner Bridge Road Jefferson City  
  • April 25, May 2 & 16, June 6 & 20 Red Show Barn 410 Kiwanis Drive Cape Girardeau

No pre-registration or appointment is needed. A government-issued ID is not required, but if available will speed up the onsite registration process. Community testing events are free COVID-19 testing options. Many camps, events and some forms of travel now require evidence of a negative test result prior to participation. 

“We remain concerned about variants arising throughout the US, so this means prevention measures and widespread testing are that much more crucial to move us beyond COVID-19,” said Williams. “Being aware of a COVID-19 diagnosis gives you the knowledge needed to protect yourself and those around you.” 

The test used at these events is a PCR test done by an anterior nares swab to determine the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Once tested, individuals will be notified of results no later than 72 hours from the end of the testing event.

Additional testing locations may be added as data indicates the need for additional offering of testing opportunities. For more information about COVID-19 testing in Missouri, visit health.mo.gov/communitytest

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