People can get tested for COVID-19 without having to go to Columbia or Mexico. And a physician’s order is not required.
A collaborative COVID-19 testing program between Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS), Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital (VA), MU Health Care and Boone Hospital, brought the mobile unit to Centralia, and will bring it to Hallsville on Wednesday afternoon. The goal is to increase testing for individuals that currently are not able to access existing testing sites (like the current Columbia drive-thru testing sites) as well as more rural settings and those at higher risk like congregate settings.
Monday the mobile testing unit was in Centralia parked at the intersection of Singleton and Collier Streets, where staff had administered eight tests by 11 a.m., Jeffrey Hoelscher, public affairs officer for the Truman VA Hospital said. The mobile unit was scheduled to be there until noon and finished the morning with nine tests.
“The testing has been going on for some time,” he said. “The reason we are going out into the smaller communities is there have been some notable increases in some of the smaller towns. Our concern is possibly those citizens have not been able to get to places where tests are more readily available.”
He said the nasal swab test takes 30 seconds to administer.
Noon to – 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, the mobile unit will be at Hallsville High School.
Once established, this joint initiative will expand to additional surrounding areas. This mobile testing collaborative will conduct testing in the event of any symptom(s) of acute respiratory infection (fever, new cough, new shortness of breath, new myalgias, chills, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell). No other criteria will be needed for testing at these events.
Other testing sites are:
Friday, May 8, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Ashland Baptist Church, 203 E Broadway, Ashland, MO 65010.)
Monday, May 11, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Turning Point, 702 Wilkes Blvd, Columbia
Wednesday, May 13, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Paquin Towers, 1201 Paquin St, Columbia .