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Free COVID-19 testing available to Missouri residents

Free COVID-19 testing is available until 7 p.m. this evening at the Cable Dahmer Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Parkway in Independence.

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. As part of the state’s COVID-19 community-sampling efforts, six additional counties are holding testing events.

In the Kansas City area, testing will be held at the

The goal is to test nearly 10,000 people over a 10-day period in Jackson, Boone, Cape Girardeau, Greene Jefferson and St. Charles Counties. Here is the schedule for the other counties:

St. Charles County

  • May 26-28, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., St. Charles County Public Health Department, St. Charles
  • May 29-30, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.. The Youth Activity Park, Dardenne Prairie

Boone County

  • June 1-2, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Hickman High School, Columbia

Cape Girardeau County

  • June 5, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Arena Park, Cape Girardeau

Greene County

  • June 4-5, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, Springfield

Jefferson County

  • June 1-2, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Faith Community Church, House Springs
  • June 3, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Hillsboro Civic Center, Hillsboro

The state encourages online preregistration to allow for the testing event to run efficiently for patients. The phone number for registration assistance is (877) 435-8411. 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.

CARES Act funding will be used for community sampling. Some counties have also elected to provide community sampling using local funding. The community-based testing will be operated by the Department of Health and Senior Services and Missouri National Guard in coordination with the local public health agencies.

–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice

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