Free home COVID-19 test kits available in Missouri state after hiatus



The Missouri Department of Health and Seniors’ Services says the state saw a surge in demand for COVID-19 testing during the month of December. Free home test kits are available again after a recent hiatus. In a statement, state health officials said: “On Thursday, the program reached 15,000 orders in December alone. After a temporary hiatus in availability, the kits are again available through this. These kits will be available as long as limited federal funding allows. ”The MO DHSS also says the state is working to add testing locations and times in the Kansas City and St. Louis this coming week. You can find community testing events at health.mo.gov/communitytest. You do not need to be a resident of Missouri to get tested. Here is the full version of MO DHSS: JEFFERSON CITY , MO – With the increase in COVID-19 activity and the introduction of the Omicron variant, there has been a surge in demand for COVID-19 testing. The increased demand represents a significant step taken by the public to do your part for r prevent the spread of COVID-19. “In addition to staying on top of COVID vaccinations and recalls, getting tested is a key step the public can take to protect others, especially as Missourians are spending more time indoors with the warmer temperatures. fresh. The risk of transmitting respiratory disease increases as individuals spend more time indoors with others, ”said Donald Kauerauf, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. “We are grateful to see people decide to get tested to limit any unintentional spread of the virus. . Separately, state-run test resources have been strained during the recent influx of vacation requests, but the resources remain available and are further extended. The state of Missouri has continued to provide community drive-thru test sites statewide and is actively working to add locations and times available in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas next week. The state is also responsible for providing several entities across the state with testing supplies for their populations, especially the most vulnerable living or working in assembly places. In May, the state began offering free home test kits for Missourians. From the start of this program until December 29, only 6,500 kits have been ordered. On Thursday, the program reached 15,000 orders in December alone. After a temporary break in availability, the kits are again available through this online ordering system. These kits will be available for as long as limited federal funding allows. Community Test Events: The capacity for test events has been increased ahead of the holiday season, with more being added in Kansas City and St. Louis starting January 3. through test events hosted at sites across the state. Locations and availability are determined based on the current demand in the area and the level of transmission. Some sites require pre-registration and planning; others allow walk-in visits. Check out the calendar of community testing events at health.mo.gov/communitytest. Patients do not need to be residents of Missouri to be tested through this process. A government-issued ID is not required, but if available, it will shorten the on-site check-in process. The test used during these community testing events is a PCR test done by swabbing the anterior nostrils to determine the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Once tested, individuals will be notified of the results no later than 72 hours after the end of the testing event. Home Testing Kits: This testing option is only available to residents of Missouri. These tests have been cleared for emergency use by the FDA, and a person can order the free test kit online, and the kit will be delivered to their home in two days. The kit is good for six months and comes with easy to follow instructions. After the person has taken the nasal swab, the test kit must be returned to a FedEx collection site within 24 hours. Shipping is also free and test results are provided by email. Testing remains a key tool in ensuring the safety of Missourians. The test is not only intended for symptomatic people, but is important for periodic surveillance, especially when interacting with vulnerable populations and crowds. A COVID-19 test is a one-time assessment and will only show whether the person is infected at the time of the test. For those showing symptoms of COVID-19, the test is highly recommended. Those who have had significant contact with someone who has been confirmed to have COVID-19 should also consider getting tested. Call the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 1-800-232-0233 (or TTY 1-888-720-7489). Help is available in several languages. Locate local immunization events in Missouri on MOStopsCovid.com. Seniors can make arrangements using the information on MOStopsCovid.com/seniors Missouri DHSS COVID-19 Public Hotline 1-877-435-8411 Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. How Missourians can get a COVID-19 Free Test: Use one of the state’s free community testing sites: COVID-19 Community Testing Sites. Order a test through the state’s free at-home COVID-19 testing program. Find a free test option near you at federal pharmacies.

The Missouri Department of Health and Seniors’ Services says the state saw a surge in demand for COVID-19 testing during the month of December. Free home test kits are available again after a recent hiatus.

In a statement, state health officials said: “On Thursday, the program reached 15,000 orders in December alone. After a temporary hiatus in availability, the kits are again available through this. online ordering system These kits will be available for as long as limited federal funding allows.

The MO DHSS also says the state is working to add testing locations and times in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas next week. You can find community testing events at health.mo.gov/communitytest. You don’t have to be a resident of Missouri to get tested.

Here is the full version of MO DHSS:

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – With the increase in COVID-19 activity and the introduction of the Omicron variant, there has been a surge in demand for COVID-19 testing. The increased demand represents an important step taken by the public to do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“In addition to staying on top of COVID vaccinations and recalls, getting tested is a key step the public can take to protect others, especially as Missourians are spending more time indoors with the warmer temperatures. fresh. The risk of transmitting respiratory disease increases as individuals spend more time indoors with others, ”said Donald Kauerauf, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. “We are grateful to see people decide to get tested to limit any unintentional spread of the virus. “

According to media reports, it has become increasingly difficult to locate the rapid COVID-19 tests available on retail shelves or to secure an appointment with a supplier. Separately, state-run test resources have been strained during the recent influx of vacation requests, but the resources remain available and are further extended.

The state of Missouri has continued to provide community drive-thru test sites statewide and is actively working to add locations and times available in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas next week. The state is also responsible for providing several entities across the state with testing supplies for their populations, especially the most vulnerable living or working in assembly places.

In May, the state began offering free home test kits for Missourians. From the start of this program until December 29, only 6,500 kits have been ordered. On Thursday, the program reached 15,000 orders in December alone. After a temporary break in availability, the kits are again available through this online ordering system. These kits will be available for as long as limited federal funding allows.

Community test events: The capacity for test events has been increased ahead of the holiday season, and more are being added in Kansas City and St. Louis starting January 3. These are drive-thru test events held at venues across the state. Locations and availability are determined based on the current demand in the area and the level of transmission. Some sites require pre-registration and planning; others allow walk-in visits. Check out the calendar of community testing events at health.mo.gov/communitytest. Patients do not need to be residents of Missouri to be tested through this process. A government-issued ID is not required, but if available, it will shorten the on-site check-in process. The test used during these community testing events is a PCR test done by swabbing the anterior nostrils to determine the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Once tested, individuals will be notified of the results no later than 72 hours after the end of the testing event.

Home test kits: This testing option is only available to residents of Missouri. These tests have been cleared for emergency use by the FDA, and a person can order the free test kit online, and the kit will be delivered to their home in two days. The kit is good for six months and comes with easy to follow instructions. After the person has taken the nasal swab, the test kit must be returned to a FedEx collection site within 24 hours. Shipping is also free and test results are provided by email.

Testing remains a key tool in ensuring the safety of Missourians. The test is not only intended for symptomatic people, but is important for periodic surveillance, especially when interacting with vulnerable populations and crowds.

A COVID-19 test is a one-time assessment and will only show whether the person is infected at the time of the test. For those showing symptoms of COVID-19, the test is highly recommended. Those who have had significant contact with someone who has been confirmed to have COVID-19 should also consider getting tested.

How Missourians can get a free COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Check appointments for vaccines at Vaccines.gov, where you can search for availability by vaccine type.
  • Call the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 1-800-232-0233 (or TTY 1-888-720-7489). Help is available in several languages.
  • Locate local immunization events in Missouri at MOStopsCovid.com.
  • Seniors can make arrangements using the information at MOStopsCovid.com/seniors
    • Missouri DHSS COVID-19 Helpline
      • 1-877-435-8411
      • Mon.-Fri, 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

How Missourians can get a free COVID-19 test:


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