April 23, 2020
Missouri’s expanded testing strategy rolled out in Buchanan County
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services began offering tests to those working in close proximity with two positive COVID-19 patients earlier this week. Approximately 2,800 additional tests will be offered in the St. Joseph community and processed at the Missouri State Public Health Laboratory and a commercial laboratory.
The new testing strategy will allow positive patients to be identified and isolated to prevent further spread in the community.
“We now have the testing capability to go in and immediately start testing at food processing facilities when a positive test is received,” said Dr. Williams, Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. “This is an example of our strategy going forward of using our increased testing capabilities to limit the spread of infection.”
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