In response to the increased demand for COVID-19 testing, the City of St. Louis Department of Health is partnering with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Centene Corporation, and other public health partners to provide between 500-1,000 tests a day at a new location in the city.
Beginning January 12, COVID-19 drive-through testing will be available at 1408 N. Kingshighway Boulevard, The Shops at Roberts Village parking lot at Aubert and Page Boulevard (behind the Urban League headquarters). Pre-registration is required for the testing location and is available on the Department of Health’s COVID-19 Public Testing Locations website.
As of Monday, January 10, 2022, the average positivity rate in the City of St. Louis climbed to 38%, up from 7.6 % only one month ago on December 10, 2021. Over the past seven days, an average of 468 individuals per day tested positive for COVID-19. The goal for the positivity rate is 5%. The last time the City of St. Louis was at 5% was two months ago, on November 8, 2021.
“Our community is in crisis right now by this virus,” says Dr. Mati Hlatshwayo Davis, Director of Health for the City of St. Louis. “Hospitals have had to make difficult decisions, and families are finding themselves isolated from work and school. We have the tools to protect ourselves through vaccines, including boosters, masking, social distancing, and handwashing, but we need everyone to adhere to those mitigation strategies to flatten this latest upward trend.”
Testing is the best way to know if someone is infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. Knowing if a person has contracted COVID-19 allows them to isolate to reduce the opportunity of spreading the virus to their family, friends, and the community.
“This testing location is the latest way the Urban League has led our community to break free from this pandemic,” says Michael McMillan, President and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. “We welcomed the opportunity to work with the city’s Department of Health and the state’s Department of Health and Senior Services to provide this latest COVID-19 testing clinic location.”
The Urban League COVID-19 testing location is on the city’s COVID-19 Public Testing Locations list. For more information on COVID-19, contact the Department of Health’s COVID-19 hotline at (314) 657-1499. DHSS offers additional testing options throughout the state, and the list can be found at health.mo.gov/communitytest.