This article is 2 years old. It was published on October 28, 2020.
The City of St. Louis continues to see a high number of cases in its southern zip codes, with 63116 seeing the highest number of cases of any of the city’s 27 zip codes listed on the City’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard. In response, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, in partnership with the United States Department of Health and Human Services is assisting with additional testing opportunities in South St. Louis.
“These new surge testing events will help add to our continued partnerships with Federally Qualified Health Centers in the City of St. Louis to identify cases of COVID-19 and the need for close contacts to quarantine,” says City of St. Louis’s Mayor Lyda Krewson.
The City of St. Louis is experiencing an increase in the seven-day moving average of positivity, from its lowest percentage this month of 4.2% on October 4 to the current preliminary high of 8.4%. The St. Louis region has also seen an increase in the number of hospital admissions, according to St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force Director Dr. Alex Garza. As of Sunday, Task Force hospitals in the St. Louis region had 432 COVID-19 positive or suspected COVID-19 cases currently hospitalized.
“This increase in the number of cases is very concerning, especially as we head into the winter season with several holidays in the coming weeks," says Dr. Fredrick Echols, acting director for the City of St. Louis Department of Health. “Families should start to think now about safer ways to fellowship (e.g., holding virtual gatherings), especially if we cannot stop the spread and curve these recent numbers of cases back down. At this critical time, we need every City resident and visitor to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. People’s lives are at stake.”
The state-sponsored surge testing will occur at Affinia Healthcare’s clinic location at 3930 South Broadway. These testing clinics start November 3 and are offered Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
“Working with partners like the City of St. Louis Department of Health, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is valuable to provide the needed testing throughout the City of St. Louis, and including in these southern portions that are seeing the highest need to learn how and where this virus is spreading,” says Dr. Alan Freeman, President and Chief Executive Officer for Affinia Healthcare.
Anyone seeking COVID-19 testing for these DHSS sponsored clinics is asked to pre-register online at www.DoINeedaCOVID19test.com On-site registration will be accommodated, but online pre-registration is preferred. If you visit the DHSS sponsored site, you will be asked to provide a good working telephone number, but do not need to show an identification card or provide an email address.
Testing at these surge locations is open to anyone – including those experiencing symptoms; those who believe they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and anyone worried about possibly having the virus. While the testing is scheduled for areas seeing high transmission of the virus, you do not have to be a resident of the City of St. Louis to visit the surge testing locations. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present to consent to testing. Test results may take approximately three to five days.
The City of St. Louis Department of Health continues to work with Federally Qualified Health Centers, including Affinia Healthcare to provide COVID-19 testing to the community. For additional, non-surge, testing locations, please visit stlouis-mo.gov/covid-19.
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