November 7, 2022
Kirksville, MO 11/7/22 – The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has teamed up with Dynamic DNA Laboratories to offer free testing in Kirksville for four prevalent illnesses. With a single nasal swab, people throughout northeast Missouri can be tested for Influenza A, Influenza B, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), and COVID-19.
The testing will be performed at a drive-through event Friday, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Truman State University campus. Those tested will receive results by email or phone the next day.
“The symptoms, particularly of the flu and COVID-19, are extremely similar, and the symptoms of RSV are like the common cold,” said Jim LeBaron, Adair County Health Department administrator. “Community testing opportunities like this help us understand how prevalent these viral infections are right now. Plus, the quick turnaround for results helps those who test positive for any of the four viruses to take precautions right away to avoid spreading it to others.”
The elderly are at the greatest risk of experiencing severe and life-threatening symptoms of all four viral infections. Children under the age of one are at high risk of severe or life-threatening symptoms if infected with RSV. There are vaccines to protect against Influenza A and B and COVID-19. No vaccines have been approved to date for use against RSV, although some are in clinical trials.
“If you are suffering any cold or flu-like symptoms or you think you might have been exposed to the flu, RSV, or COVID-19, getting tested is a good idea,” LeBaron said. “But even if you aren’t, you should take advantage of this opportunity to be tested. It greatly helps in the disease surveillance efforts of DHSS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
Pre-registration for Friday’s drive-through testing is not required. However, it is recommended. To pre-register online, visit dynd.gettested.me. Click on “Schedule Test” and select the Kirksville site.
To enter the vehicle line for the test, drive west on Patterson Street and turn north on First Street. Then, turn right on Randolph Street and follow the signs.