The COVID-19 mobile testing collaborative is expanding after a successful launch. Five additional sites in Columbia are scheduled between May 15 and May 27.
The testing sites are a collaboration between Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS), Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital (VA), MU Health Care and Boone Hospital.
Mobile testing was developed by these providers to improve access for diagnostic testing in Boone County. Testing availability is a key indicator for recovery for the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Adequate testing for COVID-19 is imperative to be able to recognize and contain this disease in our community," PHHS Medical Director Dr. Ashley Millham said.
As of May 13, 161 people have been tested at the mobile testing sites in Boone County that began May 4.
Individuals with any symptom(s) of acute respiratory infection are able to be tested at a mobile site. These symptoms include fever, new cough, new shortness of breath, new muscle aches, chills, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. No doctor's order or other criteria is needed to be tested at these events. Patients are not charged for these tests.
- Friday, May 15, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Daniel Boone Regional Library (100 W. Broadway, Columbia, MO, 65203)
- Monday, May 18, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Bear Creek Family Neighborhood, Outside of the manager's office (1109B Elleta Blvd. Columbia, MO 65202)
- Wednesday, May 20, 12 - 4 p.m., Oak Towers (700 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, MO 65203)
- Friday, May 22, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Luke's United Methodist Church (204 E. Ash St., Columbia, MO 65203)
- Wednesday, May 27, 12 - 4 p.m., Refugee and Immigration Services (916 Bernadette Dr., Columbia, MO 65203)
PHHS asks that everyone attending the mobile testing sites respect the privacy of the patients. Photos and videos of people participating in testing will not be allowed.