Like the majority of the United States, Missouri has been experiencing increased respiratory disease activity caused by multiple viruses, including flu and RSV, which are especially impacting children.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is now offering free testing for flu, RSV, and SARS-CoV-2 (the virus causing COVID-19) at several Missouri locations through March 2023. A single nasal swab will allow for the detection of these three viruses. Patients of all ages can be tested. A map of locations and the sites’ schedules can be found here. Additional sites will continue to be added.
“Although cases overall have not increased in severity, the increased volume has caused a strain on our health care partners,” said Dr. George Turabelidze, state epidemiologist with DHSS. “Ultimately, we need families to remember how important it is that they stay home when sick. Also, we are fortunate to have vaccines available for flu and COVID-19, and it’s important to stay up to date on these.”