SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- Governor Mike Parson was in Springfield Friday afternoon to announce that CoxHealth will be one of several hospitals that will soon be able to administer a recently approved saliva COVID-19 test.
The FDA approved the test created at Washington University in St. Louis in August.
“In addition to the testing machine that will be housed at Wash U, the state purchased four additional testing machines, which we will be distributing using a regional-based approach,” Gov. Parson said during a press briefing in September.
Gov. Parson said regions like southwest, southeast and central Missouri, along with Kansas City will receive the machines.
“This is a very technical piece of equipment that will require proper infrastructure and trained personnel in order to operate,” Gov. Parson said.