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Missouri health officials continue to push for COVID-19 testing to help reduce spread

For the remainder of March, the state and the Missouri Primary Care Association plans to host testing events two or three times per week in Kansas City and St. Louis

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is reminding everyone to continue preventative COVID-19 measures and to get tested to help stop the spread of the virus.

For the remainder of March, the state and the Missouri Primary Care Association plans to host testing events two to three times per week in Kansas City and St. Louis areas. Additionally, events are planned for the following counties: Barton, Boone, Buchanan, Callaway, Camden, Christian, Cole, Crawford, Dent, Greene, Howell, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Lafayette, Mississippi, Monroe, Pettis, Phelps, Ralls, St. Charles, Taney and Webster.

The COVID-19 test is a one-time assessment and will only show if you are infected at the time of the test. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you should immediately seek testing at a community testing event or your nearest testing site. If you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should also get tested.

The department recommends everyone wash their hands, social distance, wear masks, and get vaccinated when eligible.

“We learned quickly in the early days of this public health crisis how important testing was to prevent the spread of the virus, and it is part of the reason why Missouri has the second-lowest case growth rate among all states in the country,” said Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). “However, 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.”

For updates on upcoming testing events and to see the full list of events happening, click here.