Community sampling gives the state a better sense of COVID-19 prevalence in a given area, which will help guide its response and ease uncertainty for Missourians. If prevalence is low, this will help reassure citizens that it is safe to begin re-engaging in the community and returning to somewhat normal operations. If prevalence is higher, quick and proactive steps will be taken to keep the virus from spreading further in the community.
Any Missouri residents who wish to be tested with a nasal swab to see if they have an active COVID-19 infection can do so at the specified sites in each region at no cost to the individual. 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.
Location selection for this period of community sampling is based on inadequate testing according to the number of confirmed cases and the number of total tests conducted prior to these events. Counties hosting upcoming community testing events are Scott, Platte, Stoddard, Carter, Ripley, Cass, Franklin, Johnson, Pettis, Lafayette, Ray, Warren, Carroll, Chariton, Lincoln, Lewis, Moniteau, Pike, Scotland, Montgomery and Osage.
Appointments can now be made online for events June 8-12 on the DHSS registration site. Events scheduled from June 13-20 will continue to be added over the next few days.
For more from this press release go to https://health.mo.gov/news/newsitem/uuid/9fe780c4-ee40-438d-ade1-d3e57126add7/community-covid-19-testing-events-continue-throughout-missouri.
Upcoming Testing Locations:
- Joseph – June 9
- Sikeston, Scott County – June 8
- Platte City, Platte County – June 8-9
- Dexter, Stoddard County – June 10
- Van Buren, Carter County – June 11
- Doniphan, Ripley County – June 11
- Peculiar, Cass County – June 11-12
Use this link to register and remember check back as more testing locations will be added next week.