Increased demand for COVID-19 testing has prompted the Missouri health department to open more free community testing sites across the state, including Kansas City and surrounding areas.
At this time, these are scheduled as drive-through testing events. Some sites require pre-registration and scheduling; others allow walk-ins.
The test used at these community testing events is a PCR test done by an anterior nares swab to determine the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Once tested, that person will be notified of results no later than 72 hours from the end of the testing event.
This winter, it may be necessary to cancel a testing event or move the event indoors due to inclement weather in order to protect the safety of testing staff and participants. Before heading to an event, it is best to check here to make sure the event has not been canceled or details have not changed.
To see a list of vaccination sites, visit the COVID-19 Vaccination Information Center.