ST. LOUIS – As confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Missouri and the St. Louis metro area, health officials are urging people to make sure they get tested to slow the spread of the virus.
St. Louis County Public Health officials are stepping in to make testing more accessible.
They have opened four sites across the county where residents can make appointments to be tested. It is all laid out on their website. They urge St. Louis County residents to take advantage of the testing even if they do not have any symptoms.
This comes amid a record-breaking week in new virus cases across the state. Health officials reported 13 deaths in the state, Friday.
“As COVID-19 continues to ravage our society, our state, and our county, we were looking at areas that were the most hard-hit,” Chief Operating Officer for St. Louis County Public Health Ken Griffin said.
Two of the testing sites are at the health centers, South County Health Center and John C. Murphy Health Center. The other two are pop up centers. One is in Bellefontaine and the other is at the Hancock Place School District administration building.
“The response has been overwhelming,” Griffin said. “We only had 140 slots available for yesterday and today, and the community filled both up.”
The tests are convenient and free. It is a quick process taking all of ten seconds. Patients drive in with a document to confirm their identity, get swabbed, and wait for results to come in 48 to 72 hours.
“It’s a very quick process because we have it down to a science, and we’ve been doing this now for the last couple of months,” Griffin said.
Patients must go online to make an appointment first.
They may choose a location and time.
St. Louis County health officials say they want to reach people who work with the public such as medical workers and food service employees whether they experience symptoms or not.
They hope this increased access to testing helps get a handle on the rise in cases.
Click here to make an appointment.