A group of Webster County health providers is teaming with the Webster County Health Unit to provide free community COVID-19 testing on Monday, August 24.
The testing is open to anyone regardless of their county of residence. There is no requirement for this testing for someone to be symptomatic, or to have a doctor’s order.
The testing is being done as a community sampling test to show the county health officials the prevalence of the disease within the community.
“If prevalence is low, this will help reassure citizens that it is safe to begin re-engaging in the community and returning to somewhat normal operations,” the Webster County Health Unit said in a statement. “If prevalence is higher, quick and proactive steps will be taken to keep the virus from spreading further in the community. “
Those seeking testing can choose either PCR or antibody testing. Antibody testing is done via blood draw and tests for past infection. PCR is done via nasal swab for current infection.
The event will take place at the Webster County Fairgrounds in Marshfield, 614 North Marshall Street. PCR testing is offered on a no-appointment-needed basis from 9 to 11 a.m.. Antibody testing must be scheduled in advance by calling the Jordan Valley Marshfield Clininc at 417-859-2400.
The testing is a partnership of CoxHealth / Cox EMS, Jordan Valley Community Health Center – Marshfield, Marshfield Fire Department, Fordland Clinic, Mercy, OCH Wellpointe Family Medical Clinic, and the Webster County Health Unit.