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In an attempt to monitor the spread of COVID-19 throughout the state, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has partnered with the Webster County Health Unit to provide free testing.

In an effort to offer increased testing opportunities for Webster County residents, the Health Unit will be increasing our daily test opportunities.

Beginning Thursday, July 1st, will offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing every day, from 2-4 pm.

There is no cost and all you need is to be in line in your vehicle during these hours. Follow the directions on the signs from Washington Street.

Questions, or to schedule a vaccine appointment, call the Health Unit at 417-859-2532.

DHSS and the Webster County Health Unit encourage you to attend an upcoming free testing event, whether you are experiencing symptoms, or not. Community testing events such as this can provide you helpful information to better protect yourself and your family. It also provides extremely valuable information to public health officials for monitoring COVID-19 transmission in Missouri.

Testing in Marshfield will be held on Wednesday, June 30, at the Webster County Health Unit (233 E. Washington Street, Marshfield) from 9am – 4:30pm. No registration is required. For this event and other free community testing events in Missouri, visit health.mo.gov/communitytest or call 877-435-8411. Translation services are available.

In addition to testing services, the Health Unit offers COVID-19 vaccines daily at their office in Marshfield. More information on COVID-19 can be found by going to http://webstercohealth.com/covid-19/, with information on vaccination available at https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/navigator/.

Missouri now leads the nation with the highest rate of new COVID-19 infections as vaccinations lag and the Delta variant takes hold.

One person in every 1,349 people in the state was diagnosed with COVID-19 from June 13 to Sunday, new data shows.

The north-central and southwest part of the state are driving the surge, said Lisa Cox, spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

While 53.3% of the population of Americans have initiated vaccination, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most southern and northern Missouri counties are well short of 40%. And a handful of southern Missouri counties have fewer than 20% of residents vaccinated.

Data from the state health department’s COVID-19 dashboard showed that the number of people hospitalized with the virus in southwestern Missouri had risen 72% from 154 at the beginning of the month to 265 on Friday

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