Testing is vital for us to understand the spread of COVID-19 in our area. Our community has worked hard to expand access, and we are confident in our ability to test people who need tests.
Healthcare partners in Greene County have come together to collectively relax the previous restrictions on testing. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19—cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell—you should contact your healthcare provider via virtual care or phone.
Types of tests
There are two different types of COVID-19 tests: diagnostic tests and antibody tests.
A diagnostic test answers the question "Do I have COVID-19?"
The official name is a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. PCR is a genetic test for the presence of viral ribonucleic acid (RNA) from a nasopharyngeal (nose) or oropharyngeal (throat) swab. If a person tests positive, this means they are currently infected with COVID-19.
An antibody test answers the question "Did I have COVID-19 (or another coronavirus) in the past?"
Antibody testing for COVID-19 (also known as serology testing) is a blood test. It looks for antibodies that form as part of the body’s immune response to the virus. If a person has a positive antibody test, it means they have been exposed at some point in the past to SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19. It could also be positive if a person has been exposed to a different type of coronavirus.
Many different companies offer antibody tests, the majority of which have not been FDA-approved. Current available tests have been authorized under Emergency Use Authorization and the tests vary widely in their performance.
For more information on serology testing, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/lab/serology-testing.html
COVID-19 Community Testing
Missouri DHSS is partnering with the Missouri National Guard, local health departments, and health care providers to offer local community testing events throughout the state of Missouri. These tests will be available at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds on June 4 & 5.
Need a healthcare provider?
Testing is also available through some CVS Minute Clinic locations. Click here to complete an online screening and schedule an appointment.
Waiting for your test results?
It can take a few days to receive your results. If you have questions regarding your test results, please contact your healthcare provider.