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MU Health Care now processing COVID-19 tests at drive-thru site

In addition to being able to quickly process tests in-house, patients can expect accelerated test result notification.

Aug. 27, 2020

mizzou north with drive thru testing sign in front

MU Health Care drive-thru COVID testing site located at Mizzou North in Columbia, Missouri.

MU Health Care now has the ability to quickly process novel coronavirus (COVID-19) tests at its Mizzou North drive-thru site instead of sending the samples to a third-party company.

The new laboratory will have capacity to process tests for nearly 1,500 patients each day. Patients will be now be notified of their test result as soon as it is processed via a message in the HealthConnect portal, typically within 24 hours.

The lab is possible due to collaboration across the University of Missouri campus, bringing together experts in public health, engineering and veterinary medicine. Staff at the MU College of Engineering produced test swabs, and the MU College of Veterinary Medicine contributed lab equipment and other machines.

“As demand for testing continues to increase in our area, it is important for us to create testing, processing and communication efficiencies that will help us ensure continued rapid test results,” said Brad Myers, executive director of pharmacy and laboratory services at MU Health Care. “We are confident that, barring any national supply chain issues, we will be able to meet the testing needs of the community in a timely fashion.”

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