Over 400 tests administered at community COVID-19 testing event in Jefferson City


In a one-day COVID testing event, Missourians in their cars lined up in the American Legion parking lot in Jefferson City waiting to be tested. Nanda Nunnelly, owner of NextGen Diagnostics Services, said more than 400 tests were administered on Sunday.

The event took place Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. People could drive and get tested in minutes.

Sarah Schraft, a woman who drove 40 minutes to get tested, told ABC 17 that she hasn’t been feeling well the past few days. She says the test will give her peace of mind and save her money.

“I’m just so happy that we have programs like this where it’s not that far from where you live and you can come and take the free test instead of having to spend money that you might not. not have for a test and there for you could avoid having that, ”said Schraft

Brad Hutchison is another person who has made his way into the try line today. He told ABC 17 he was fully vaccinated but had been exposed to Covid and wanted to make sure his family and those he works with are safe.

He said that in the long run, he thinks the vaccines will be beneficial. “I think the more people who actually have it, it’s going to be better in the long run. Also, like I said, I’m in a public situation and I think it’s important for them. people around me and people who came to see me and things like that, ”Hutchison said.

ABC 17 spoke to Missouri State Department of Health spokesperson Lisa Cox last week and said she saw an increase in demand for testing statewide.

Nunnelly said NextGen Diagnostics has been providing testing in the Jefferson City area since April 2021. NextGen is contracted out by the state of Missouri to provide statewide COVID testing.

Nunnelly said they come to Jefferson City for testing every second and fourth Sunday of the month. She says the operation started slowly in the summer of 2021, but things have finally picked up.

Nunnelly said Sunday was the most people she had seen going out and getting tested in the Jefferson City area.

If you weren’t lucky enough to get a free COVID PCR test at the community COVID testing event on Sunday, people will have another chance in two weeks, on January 23. Those who are tested can expect results within 24 to 72 hours.

Joseph K. Bennett