Cole County Free testing event hosted by Missouri National Guard

2 months 3 weeks 5 days ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 4:39:00 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
By: Micki Neiman, KOMU 8 News Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY - A free community COVID-19 testing event will be held July 7-9 in Cole County at the former Cole County Health Department.

The difference with this testing event is that it's run by department of health and senior services along with the Missouri National Guard," Cole County's Communicable disease coordinator Chezney Schulte, "It does not require any physicians order. It doesn't require symptoms. It just requires that you register for the event and that you're a Missouri resident."

Testing is free to any Missouri resident and people don't need to have symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested. 

"If you're curious about it, certainly if you have symptoms, or if you've had a known exposure or even a risk factor in the last few weeks of, of travel or large events or group gatherings like this testing event is for you," Schulte said. "That's the perfect opportunity to figure out if you have an active COVID-19 case that's going on right now."

Schulte did emphasize this test does not tell you about antibodies. 

"It's only a snapshot in time," Schulte said. "It'll tell you if you have a current infection with COVID-19, but won't tell you if you have an immune response to the COVID-19 or any sort of immunity to it."

Community testing is being used to help determine the number of people who don't feel sick or have not yet gotten sick, but are nonetheless carrying and potentially unknowingly spreading the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Schulte said while COVID is important to track, the every day vaccines and check-ups should not be missed. Especially with the school semester around the corner. 

"Don't put off your medical appointments, don't put off your elective surgeries, don't put off, physicals or things like that," Schulte said. "Your health needs to be taken care of. Another thing that we've seen lagged behind is immunizations. So just encouraging students and families to continue getting immunizations, especially as we look at going back to school because they'll still be some immunizations are still required before the start of school."

Registration is available at health.mo.gov/communitytest. But if anyone cannot register online, you may call the COVID-19 Hotline at 877-435-8411 for assistance.

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