JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The State of Missouri is continuing to host community testing events throughout the state.
Missourians can register for these events currently scheduled at health.mo.gov/communitytest and also continue to check back for future opportunities to be tested at an event nearby.
Missouri residency is the only requirement; individuals do not have to live in the county in which they are tested, and they do not have to be experiencing symptoms. Any Missouri residents who wish to be tested with a self-administered nasal swab to determine if they have an active COVID-19 infection can do so at the specified sites in each region at no cost to the individual.
Registration is now open for upcoming community testing events scheduled between Dec. 8-15 in the following counties: Clark, Cole, Cooper, Henry, Jefferson, McDonald, Ozark, Perry, Pike, Platte, St. Charles and Warren.
The community-based testing is operated by the Department of Health and Senior Services and Missouri National Guard in coordination with the hosting local public health agencies.
CARES Act funding is used for community testing. Some counties have also elected to provide these events using CARES Act funding received by their county.
To register for community testing events in Missouri, visit health.mo.gov/communitytest. Those without access to online registration can call the Missouri COVID-19 hotline for registration assistance at 877-435-8411. Translation services are available.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will continue offering free COVID-19 surge testing until Dec. 15.
For these testing opportunities, the schedule is as follows:
· Dec. 8 – 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in St. Louis
· Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Branson
· Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in Cape Girardeau
· Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in Lees Summit
· Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Lees Summit
· Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Columbia
· Dec. 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in St. Louis
Testing at these locations is available to individuals 5 years and older – including those experiencing symptoms; those who believe they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 coronavirus; and anyone who is worried about possibly having the virus. Individuals seeking testing do not need to be a resident of the community where these testing sites are located. Individuals under 18 years old must have a parent or legal guardian present to consent to testing.
Pre-register online at DoINeedaCovid19Test.com. The final date of HHS’s testing using these sites and schedule is Dec. 15.
More information regarding COVID-19 in Missouri can be found at health.mo.gov/coronavirus.
COVID-19/Missouri Weekly Update: 12/7 Public Health Reminders
With many urban hospitals across Missouri at capacity, rural hospitals are struggling to find beds for patients in need of intensive care for COVID-19 or other critical conditions. Public health experts with the One for All Missouri campaign are urging Missourians to do everything possible to stop the spread and reduce the strain on our hospitals.
- Missouri’s hospitals are at or nearing capacity. If possible, seek care elsewhere.
- If you are not sure if you should go to the hospital, call your doctor or 911.
- Take your medications as prescribed so you don’t need to be hospitalized.
- Be extremely careful. Accident victims could easily catch COVID-19 while waiting for care in the hospital.
- If you need to get tested for COVID-19, work with a healthcare provider you trust to identify the best option for you. Follow the guidelines set by the testing facility. Some will require you to wait outside or in your car until they are ready to see you. Call ahead so you know what to do.
- With the holidays right around the corner, this is a critical time for slowing the spread to help save lives and reduce the burden on our healthcare system.
- Wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth.
- Stay home as much as possible. Limit your outings to only necessary trips.
- Use curbside pickup instead of shopping or eating indoors.
- Wash your hands frequently, with soap, for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Stay home if you or anyone in your home is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- It is not too late to get your flu shot. The flu is a vaccine-preventable illness, but still hospitalizes thousands of people each year.
- The flu vaccine protects you and the people around you. As more people are vaccinated, it becomes harder for the flu to spread.
- The flu vaccine is especially important this year. By decreasing the spread of the flu, we can prevent unnecessary hospitalizations and reduce the pressure on the hospitals.