State Of Missouri Works To Increase Testing For COVID-19
Missouri Governor Mike Parson said the state is currently working with the University of Missouri to expand testing for COVID-19. According to his office, these efforts “should increase testing capabilities by thousands across the state.”
Mercy Hospital recently set up a drive-thru testing site in Chesterfield, and the University of Missouri Health Care is working to implement drive-thru testing in Columbia. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department opened drive-thru testing in Springfield on Monday for anyone referred by a physician.
Parson said the Missouri State Public Health Lab will be receiving more tests from the CDC soon, which will increase its capacity to 1600 patient tests.
Viracor, a private lab in Lee Summit, will have the ability to do more than 1,000 tests a day; Quest Diagnostic and LabCorp are now testing; and Washington University in St. Louis is also working to increase testing capacity.