As St. Louis continues it’s phased in approach to reopening, public health officials have identified increased COVID-19 testing as a critical need moving forward in response efforts to the pandemic. To help meet that need the City of St. Louis Department of Health is looking to its public health partners of help make testing more accessible throughout the city.
“Testing for COVID-19 continues to be one of our most important tools to help ensure timely detection, isolation and provision of medical treatment for people who are infected, says Dr. Fredrick Echols, acting director of health for the City of St. Louis. “Testing also is important in our disease mitigation efforts, helping our investigators and epidemiologists identify the prevalence, spread, and how contagious the virus is.”
Another Federally Qualified Health Center, Family Care Health Centers (FCHC), has answered the Department of Health’s call for assistance. Beginning June 3rd, FCHC will offer special clinic hour for testing to anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Testing will be offered on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the center’s Carondelet location, 401 Holly Hills Ave.
“Helping to increase the capacity of testing in the City of St. Louis is a great service to offer,” says,” Dr. Kanika Turner, physician at Family Care Health Center. “Through this service to our community Family Care Health Center will increase access to free COVID-19 testing in the City of St. Louis.”
For additional information about the Family Care Health Center’s COVID-19 Wednesday testing clinic call 314-678-2460.
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