December 30, 2021
Because of high demand for COVID-19 testing by people who are not sick, MU Health Care is limiting walk-in outpatient testing to only people who are experiencing symptoms.
Our COVID-19 test collection site at 2003 W. Broadway, Suite 100, in Columbia is averaging more than 300 people per day seeking testing, compared to 100 a day just three weeks ago. Approximately 60% of visitors are not experiencing symptoms and are seeking a test result for travel or similar purposes. The change in testing criteria will be in place until further notice, and MU Health Care will monitor testing demand and communicate any future changes.
This change does not affect inpatient testing or pre-procedure testing. Patients who need testing for procedures will be directed where to go for testing.
The state of Missouri has a webpage dedicated to COVID-19 testing options, including free at-home test kits. For people who are not experiencing symptoms but need a test for travel or other purposes, they can find testing options on the state’s webpage.
MU Health Care’s primary test collection site at 2003 W. Broadway, Suite 100, in Columbia, is available as a walk-in option for people who are experiencing symptoms suspected to be from COVID-19 infection. The site is open 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. seven days a week. It will be closed Friday, Dec. 31, and Saturday, Jan. 1, for the New Year’s holiday and will reopen at 8 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 2.
People who are suffering severe symptoms or breathing problems should go to the emergency room or call 911.
People who have been tested at MU Health Care and are awaiting test results should not call the testing location. Patients will be notified of their results via phone call (positive results only) and through the HealthConnect portal within 48 hours. Visit muhealth.org/covid19-testing for more information.