by Scott Allen
A collaborative group of Webster County’s healthcare providers is pleased to announce that they will be offering drive-thru COVID-19 (the disease caused by the novel coronavirus) testing at no cost. This event, to be held on Monday, November 30th, is open to anyone, regardless of county of residency. For this testing, presence of symptoms is not required, and a doctor’s order is not needed. PCR testing will be provided at the event, which is conducted by nasal swab and tests for current infection.
Anyone wishing to be tested should bring healthcare insurance information to the event. If you are not covered by insurance, or if insurance only covers part of the cost of the testing, there will be no cost to the person being tested. Members of the Board of Directors of the Webster County Health Unit have appropriated funding from their budget to cover these costs.
Community sampling, like that being performed in Webster County, gives the Health Unit a better sense of COVID-19 prevalence in a given area, which will help guide its response and ease uncertainty for Missourians.
Testing will be performed on Monday, November 30th at the Webster County Fairgrounds in Marshfield (614 N. Marshall Street), and will be offered on a no-appointment-needed basis between the hours of 9:00 and 11:00 am. Also, during those hours, face covering masks will be available at no cost, to anyone needing them.
In addition to the Marshfield drive thru test site, no cost testing is offered by appointment at the Fordland Clinic. Appointments can be made by calling the clinic at 417-767-2273.
Collaborative partners in the Webster County Mobile Testing Unit are 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.