Less restrictive COVID-19 testing requirements could help researchers

Coronavirus

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A collective effort by city, health and medical leaders in Springfield has led them to lessen the requirements for COVID-19 testing in the community, but what will that new data be used for?

Katie Towns, Assistant Director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department says it’s essential to know where exactly the virus is spreading, so leaders best know how to handle it.

“As we continue through the sort of new normal that we’re navigating where we don’t have interventions yet like a vaccine or antivirals or anything else that helps us control, we have to use testing in order to indicate to us, the community, where this disease is and then put measures in place to contain that disease.

She says although people are staying home, it doesn’t mean the virus isn’t still spreading, and it’s not just going to go away. Getting more people tested now will give an accurate timeline of when the city is able to relax restrictions like the stay at home order and social distancing.

Austin O’Reilly, the CEO of Dynamic DNA, is one of the reasons the looser restrictions on testing have been made possible. 

“O’Reilly says Dynamic DNA has about 8,000 remaining tests on hand,” said O’Reilly. “The lab is providing tests for $100 each, and also and running results for hospitals like Mercy, Citizen’s Memorial Hospital, Jordan Valley Health Center and other smaller clinics around Greene County.”

Dynamic DNA is now a primary lab to process tests in Springfield. He says large scale testing is something he pushed from the beginning.

“It makes sense to lessen the criteria for testing. What’s most important at this point is collecting data from not only the sick, but the general community. This will greatly help us understand the asymptomatic positive population, as well as provide realistic, accurate, and unbiased statistics for Greene County.”

Austin O’Reilly, Dynamic DNA CEO

O’Reilly says Dynamic DNA has about 8,000 remaining tests on hand. The lab is providing tests for $100 each, and also and running results for hospitals like Mercy, Citizen’s Memorial Hospital, Jordan Valley Health Center and other smaller clinics around Greene County.

“He says the lab has the ability to provide up to 500 tests per day, and are averaging about 30 to 60 right now,” said O’Reilly.

He says the lab has the ability to provide up to 500 tests per day, and are averaging about 30 to 60 right now.

You must still get a referral from a doctor to get tested and you cannot show up at Dynamic DNA to receive a purchase a test.

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