Northwest Health Services offering free, drive-thru COVID testing through January

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By TOMMY REZAC

St. Joseph Post

Northwest Health Services is offering free, drive-thru COVID-19 testing events at many of their locations through the rest of January.

There was a testing event in Stanberry Thursday, and there’ll be in one at the St. Joseph location on Tuesday, Jan. 19 from noon – 4 p.m.

Cameron Corbet, Northwest’s Communications Manager, says these events are a joint effort with the Missouri Primary Care Association.

“They’ve kind of coordinated these efforts with us,” Corbet said. “So, we were able to get out there and have a testing run (in St. Joseph) through their partnership and get out to those rural areas.”

Testing events are planned in Maryville on Jan. 21, Bethany on Jan. 26. Tarkio, Mound City and Grant City had them earlier this month.

Corbet says these drive-thru testing events have been the biggest, most readily available COVID testing for many residents living in rural northwest Missouri.

“Largely, the focus at the beginning was in the St. Joseph area,” Corbet said. “These are some of the first events where we get to do community testing, where anyone who signs up can come in and get tested.”

Those wanting to register can do so at this link here. Corbet also encourages people to visit the Northwest Health Services Facebook page for a list of the testing event dates.

“Anybody can get a test,” Corbet said, “whether you have symptoms or not.”

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