University of Missouri to stop COVID-19 testing at Hearnes Center lot
University of Missouri Health Care will suspend operations at its drive-through COVID-19 test site near Hearnes Center because of a drop-off in testing demand in recent days.
In a news release issued Friday, MU Health wrote that it would pause operations at the site starting Saturday to better use staff and other resources. Testing volumes at the Hearnes Center site near the MU softball stadium and the Mizzou North site at 115 Business Loop 70 W have fallen from 3,100 during the final week of August to about 2,000 last week, the release stated
The Hearnes Center site was opened March 18 as the first drive-through testing site established by MU Health. In June, the university opened the site at Mizzou North, intending it as a replacement location, but high testing volumes in July kept the Hearnes site open until late in the month.
MU Health resumed operations at Hearnes in the final week of August.
Overall, MU Health has provided 57,495 COVID-19 tests at all locations. During the week that ended Sept. 5, MU Health conducted 5,888 tests and through Friday afternoon this week, the number was 2,649.
If demand increases, the site can be reopened, MU Health stated. Also, students have a walk-up location on campus, located on the south side of Parking Structure 7, across from Missouri Orthopaedic Institute.
“Testing demand is a very fluid metric, and we are monitoring it very closely to ensure we have the appropriate staff and resources to provide a convenient testing experience,” Jonathan Heidt, an MU Health Care emergency physician, said in the release.
The drive through testing hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. All patients seeking a test need a referral from a medical provider.