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State of Missouri holds drive-thru COVID-19 in Marshfield, Mo.

Published: Jan. 26, 2022 at 12:01 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 26, 2022 at 4:32 PM CST
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MARSHFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The Missouri Department of Health and Human Services is adding new COVID-19 testing sites in the Ozarks.

The state hosted a first drive-thru site in Marshfield at Ellis O. Jackson Park on Tuesday. It will host another Saturday at Hammons Field.

Webster County Health Administrator Scott Allen says the positivity rate at a similar drive-thru spot last week reached around 50%. He encourages you to get tested if feeling any symptoms.

“We have really an infinite number,” said Allen. “I would say probably up to 500 today if we needed to. I don’t know the demands going to be that high. But I think that that’s a reasonable number. But certainly, we can handle the folks that come in.”

Marshfield local, Cierrah Genetti, said it is hard to find tests.

“This is the only place that we could find to get tested in Marshfield,” said Genetti.

The DHHS hosted a drive-thru testing site today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. And people from across the county came to get tested, Cassandra Rievley, said she is one of them.

”I actually heard it through a friend who just tested positive for COVID,” said Rievley. “So I thought we’d give it a try. Very convenient.”

Allen understands the need for testing.

”We’ve actually had people come in from out of state, for testing here,” said Allen. “The big thing is that is important to know is to be able in public health to track where the virus is.”

People I talked to said it is hard to find testing in the area, but Allen said they will test as many people as they can. Allen said in February they will be doing testing at this location every Tuesday, Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon.

”Walgreens is out, surrounding counties are out,” said Gennetti. “They need to have them where you can do it just a drive-in.”

The Missouri Department of Health and Human Services will operate the drive-thru testing site at Hammons Field on Saturday. It runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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