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Posted on: November 17, 2021

Get tested for COVID-19 before holiday gatherings at Health Dept Celebrate Safely Testing Events

Celebrate Safely - Thanksgiving

Along with vaccination, getting tested for COVID-19 can reduce the risk of transmission during holiday gatherings and travel. 

To ensure access to testing before the Thanksgiving holiday, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department will host the Celebrate Safely Testing Event on Nov. 23 and 24.

These testing opportunities will be held from 7 a.m.-12 p.m. both days at the Health Department Vaccination Clinic at 1425 E. Battlefield Road in Springfield (the old Toys R Us). 

Appointments are required for this event and can be scheduled at health.springfieldmo.gov/celebrate. The PCR tests are administered via a throat swab with same day results.  

The Health Department encourages testing if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • Are gathering indoors with individuals from outside your household.
  • Have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • Are traveling.
  • Have not been vaccinated.

While getting tested is one tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is only a snapshot in time. A person can develop COVID-19 symptoms in the time between a negative test result and a holiday gathering. In addition to getting tested, the Health Department recommends taking other precautions during the holiday season, like getting vaccinated, wearing masks, avoiding crowded spaces and gathering outside, if possible. 

More guidance on how to celebrate Thanksgiving safely is available at health.springfieldmo.gov/celebrate. 

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