MU Health Care is closing the COVID-19 test site due to declining cases
MU Health Care is closing the COVID-19 test site due to declining cases

MU Health Care is closing the COVID-19 test site due to declining cases

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

MU Health Care’s COVID-19 test clinic at Keene St. has closed its doors, but the health system still offers tests.

Eric Maze, spokesman for MU Health Care, said the hospital’s incident command team based on case data and community prevalence felt it was a good time to close the clinic.

“Our incident command team decided it was now time to go back and go back to more normal operations,” Maze said.

The clinic saw an increase in demand for testing in January as the omicron variant rose across the state.

In January, nationwide COVID-19 hospital admissions were record highs with daily numbers around 4,000. Over the past week, admissions have dropped to close to 1,500.

“In January, we saw about a thousand people a day that we tested. Now that number has dropped 65 percent in the last few weeks,” Maze said.

In January, Columbia Boone County’s health department reported anywhere from 500 to 800 positive patients a day. The National Board of Health reported 28 positive tests on 23 February.

Some local pharmacies no longer offer the test like Walmart and Walgreens. Boone Health, Hy-Vee and Columbia Urgent Care offer testing.

MU Health Care still has options for testing.

“We are trying to go back to more normal surgeries where we handle testing and vaccination through our primary clinics, prompt treatment and emergency treatment,” Maze said.

If the cases recur, the hospital can reopen the test site.

Many pharmacies in the area also have home test kits available, including Kilgores, Flows and D&H Drugstore.

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