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Free COVID-19 testing begins at Ozark Empire Fairgrounds

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Free COVID-19 testing began at 7 a.m. on May 4 as part of Governor Parson’s plan to test nearly 10,000 people over ten days across six Missouri counties.

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The Missouri National Guard said they plan to test 500 people per day with numbers on June 4 estimated to be around 600.

In order to be tested, you do not have to register ahead of time. The only requirement is that you are a Missouri resident.

“I’ve had some pretty bad allergies and I didn’t want to seem paranoid, but since I found out they were offering the free testing I decided to go ahead and do it,” said Jennifer Boone, a Missouri resident wanting to be tested.

Once a car pulls into the fairgrounds, they will be asked to fill out some information and wait in line.

The test is put on the driver’s windshield, and a medic will swab the inside of the nose when the driver pulls into the tent set up.

The Missouri National Guard is not telling people to stay home and self-quarantine until they get their test results, which should be anywhere from one day to up to seven days.

Captian Andrew Rodenberg, with the National Guard, says if you haven’t signed up and want to be tested, you can, but they do have a limit on how many can be tested.

“DHSS has given us a certain amount because we do have to kind of control how many we’re testing because we are moving on to some new sites next week,” said Rodenberg. “So if we do reach that number we will have to close it down and make sure that we close it down for later sites.”

If you want to sign up to be tested, click here.

Watch below to see Bailey Strohl get tested for COVID-19.

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