A COVID-19 test kit
A COVID test strip. (Photo: Pixabay.com)

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is still offering free, drive-through testing for COVID-19, Influenza A and B, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in Springfield. What’s changing is the day of the week that testing is available.

Weekly testing opportunities will be offered Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., starting April 5. The testing is done at the Teamsters Hall, 1850 E. Division St.

No appointment is necessary and those in need of testing do not have to be a resident of Greene County. Test results will be shared by phone or email the day after testing. For more information about getting test results, call 417-362-6398.

“Due to the similarities in symptoms, the best way to know for sure what you have is by getting tested,” the Springfield-Greene County Health Department said in a press release. “While many recover on their own with these viruses, there are still severe cases which lead to hospitalization and sometimes death.”

The Health Department encourages the public to practice good hygiene, including:

  • Washing your hands
  • Covering your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing
  • Staying home when sick
  • Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu

Visit the Health Department’s Vaccine 417 website to find vaccine opportunities.

Springfield-Greene County Health continues to offer free COVID-19 testing every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8-11:30 a.m. To make an appointment, or for more information, visit the COVID testing website or call the COVID-19 Call Center at 417-864-1211.

Jeff Kessinger

Jeff Kessinger is the Reader Engagement Editor for the Springfield Daily Citizen, and the voice of its daily newsletter SGF A.M. He covered sports in southwest Missouri for the better part of 20 years, from young athletes to the pros. The Springfield native and Missouri State University alumnus is thrilled to be doing journalism in the Queen City, helping connect the community with important information. He and wife Jamie daily try to keep a tent on the circus that is a blended family of five kids and three cats. More by Jeff Kessinger