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State Of Missouri Works To Increase Testing For COVID-19

Ted S. Warren

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. 

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.