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More free COVID-19 testing to be offered in the Ozarks

Two new sites in addition to weekly testing site in Springfield
Two new sites in addition to weekly testing site in Springfield(Missouri DHSS)
Published: Jan. 25, 2022 at 6:48 PM CST
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KY3) - The Missouri Department of Health and Human Services will open two additional sites to test people for COVID-19.

One will be offered Wednesday, January 26 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Marshfield, Mo. It will take place at Ellis O. Jackson Park, 614 N. Marshall.

The second will take place on Saturday, January 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. outside of Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo. It will be in the parking lot south of the stadium, between St. Louis and Trafficway.

No appointment is necessary.

The state health department also offers testing every Tuesday at Hammons Field from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The following is a news release from the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services Tuesday announcing details of the COVID-19 tests:

Transmission of COVID-19 continues to be high throughout most areas of Missouri. The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is continuing to adapt to the everchanging needs among communities and provide additional free testing sites in other areas of the state, such as Hillsboro, Peculiar, Columbia and Springfield. Large testing events at the St. Charles Family Arena and Kauffman Stadium have also been extended through this week.

At this time, these are scheduled as drive-through testing events. Some sites require pre-registration and scheduling; others allow walk-ins. The schedule of community testing events is available at health.mo.gov/communitytest. The test used at these community testing 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.

This winter, it may be necessary for DHSS, local officials and the testing contractor to cancel a testing event or move the event indoors due to inclement weather. This is in order to protect the safety of testing staff and participants as well as maintain the functionality of the technology used. Before heading to an event, it is best to check the website to make sure the event has not been canceled or details have not changed.

Community testing sites scheduled throughout the state can be found at health.mo.gov/communitytest.

The at-home PCR test ordering program offered by the state remains available in a limited amount each day through January. DHSS would encourage those who have obtained these tests to use them by mailing in their sample as instructed. With the high case rates and limited testing supplies available nationwide, now is the time to utilize these tests especially for those who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or have had exposure to a COVID-19 positive case.

Additionally, the federal government is now offering four free rapid antigen COVID-19 tests per household. These can be ordered at covidtests.gov.

It is an important reminder that testing provides information regarding the presence of the virus at that point in time and if taken too early or too late could provide a false sense of security due to lower levels of viral load. For those with COVID-like symptoms, it is recommended they stay home and avoid contact with others just as they would with other viruses.

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