Like demand for COVID-19 testing continues at record highs amid the omicron variant, MU Health Care and Boone Health plan to open new testing sites.
MU Health’s current testing site at 2003 W. Broadway, Suite 100, is open 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The small lobby often resulted in a line of patients coiled around the building waiting over an hour for a test.
The new, larger location inside the East Entrance of Women’s Hospital at 404 N. Keene St. will replace the West Broadway location and will be available to people with known exposure, mild symptoms, or who need help. a travel test.
Those with symptoms of COVID-19 who need to be seen by a healthcare professional have several options for getting tested, including contacting their primary care provider; register for a virtual tour; or visit a Mizzou Quick Care or Mizzou Urgent Care location, MU Health said in a press release. People with severe symptoms or breathing problems should go to the emergency room or call 911.
The new site will go into service on Tuesday with extended hours, the hospital said.
The site will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on weekends.
The location will have a larger area for an overflow of patients waiting for a test.
“Like many COVID-19 testing sites across Missouri, MU Health Care is experiencing a record number of patents requesting COVID-19 testing and seeking treatment for flu-related symptoms,” the holder wrote. spoke Eric Maze Friday afternoon in an email to the Tribune.
MU Health processed 1,504 tests on Tuesday. Of these, 577 came back positive. Both numbers represent single-day records, Maze wrote.
“On four different days over the past two weeks, we have had more positive tests than the previous record of 253 positive tests set on November 10, 2020,” he wrote.
The length of time the site can be used for testing is indefinite, Maze wrote.
No appointment is required, but patients must wear a mask and provide proof of insurance, if insured. There is no cost to the patient.
“While we have plenty of testing supplies, our testing capacity is impacted by resource and personnel limitations,” Maze wrote on Friday. “We are continually evaluating volumes and looking for new ways to meet increasing patient demands.”
Results are delivered within 48 hours on MU Health’s patient portal, HEALTHConnect.
Boone Health, meanwhile, is opening a testing site Monday at its Nifong Convenient Care Clinic at 900 W. Nifong Blvd., according to a press release Friday afternoon.
The site will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Patients must have symptoms to be tested. They will need to provide photo ID and an insurance card, if available.
The new location will not require a vendor order, but if a patient has a vendor order, they can visit all lab services site. Patients who have a lab order for testing in addition to a COVID-19 test must go to one of the labs.
Patients will be required to wear a medical-grade mask, which will be provided, and must maintain social distancing at all times, the statement said.
Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services reported 408 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday after a record 758 cases on Thursday.
There are 3,261 active cases in Boone County.
A total of 161 patients are in Boone County hospitals with COVID-related complications, including 34 in intensive care units; 22 are on ventilators; and 12 are county residents.