A collaborative group of Webster County's healthcare providers is pleased to announce that they will be offering an evening drive-thru COVID-19 (the disease caused by the novel coronavirus) testing at no cost. This event, to be held on Monday, 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.

Residents 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. 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. If prevalence is higher, quick and proactive steps will be taken to keep the virus from spreading further in the community.

There will be two options for testing at the event, including antibody and PCR testing. Antibody testing is performed by blood sampling and tests for evidence of past infection. PCR testing is conducted by nasal swab and tests for current infection.

Testing will be performed on Monday at the Webster County Fairgrounds in Marshfield, 614 N. Marshall St. Appointments for testing are recommended, but open testing will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from 7 to 8 p.m. A time slot can be scheduled by calling Jordan Valley’s Marshfield Clinic at 859-2400. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Collaborative partners in the Webster County Mobile Testing Unit are CoxHealth / Cox EMS, Jordan Valley Community Health Center – Marshfield, Marshfield Fire Department, Mercy, OCH Wellpointe Family Medical Clinic and the Webster County Health Unit.

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