Free COVID-19 drive-thru testing site in Columbia on Tuesday

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On Tuesdays, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services will host a free COVID-19 drive-thru testing site in Columbia.

The testing site is located at the MU North parking lot at 115 Business Loop 70. According to the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services, individuals should enter using the Garth Avenue entrance.

Nanda Nunnelly owner of the Next-Gen Diagnostics told Abc 17, nearly 200 people had been tested during the early hours of the day.

"It been pretty steady but we expect things to pick back up again later on this afternoon when more people get out and about again," Nunnelly said.

Although many tests were administered this morning, Nunnelly says it's not nearly as many tests that were given out during the holiday season.

"This has probably been our slower weeks since the holiday. We were seeing numbers in the thousands you know thousands coming close to the holidays", Nunnelly said.

Event Details:

  • 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • PCR Testing
  • State ID recommended but not required
  • No appointment necessary
  • Symptoms not necessary to get tested
  • Results within 72 hours

DHSS will also host drive-thru COVID-19 testing events at Mizzou North every Tuesday for the next month.

Drive-Thru Testing Dates:

  • Feb. 1
  • Feb. 8
  • Feb. 15
  • Feb. 22

State testing sites are available across Missouri .

Another testing option is at the American Legion Lot in Jefferson City. That COVID-19 testing site is open on Feb. 13 and 27 as well as March 13 and 27.

In case of inclement weather, the state recommends individuals check to see if a testing event is canceled before attending. The number to call to check for cancellations is  417-362-6398.

If individuals wish to stay at home to test, people can order free kits from the state here. Individuals can also order free up to four COVID-19 tests per address from the federal government here.

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