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Starting Monday, May 18, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services will be recommending more testing in long-term care facilities, in an effort to increase COVID-19 testing within high-risk environments.

MU Looks at Antibody Testing for Students for Fall Semester

May 8, 2020
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To prepare for the fall, MU is developing a task force for COVID-19 antibody testing and contact tracing, UM System President Mun Choi said Thursday.

University officials are determining whether MU should provide tests to students or ask them to get antibody tests where they reside, Choi said at a meeting of the MU Faculty Council.

Boone Hospital Center Begins In-House COVID-19 Testing for Inpatients

Apr 15, 2020
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Boone Hospital Center can now test inpatients for COVID-19 in the hospital’s laboratory, according to a Tuesday news release, expediting results.

The in-house analysis using “rapid molecular technology” has reduced the time it takes to get results to less than an hour, “when we were previously waiting up to 24 hours,” Drew Wilkinson, Boone Hospital Center lab director, said in the release.

The laboratory has always been capable of performing the tests but was waiting on a federal allocation of testing kits, which the hospital received this week.

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The number of positive coronavirus cases in Missouri grew to more than 250, with eight deaths, and state officials are attributing some of the increase to more testing. 

The state health department reported 255 cases as of Tuesday, up from 183 on Monday.

The deaths include three women who lived at an assisted-living center in Springfield, with a fourth woman who lives there hospitalized.

Several health care centers and systems are operating mobile testing sites. The state now lists 28 places offering testing.

Missouri Lab Says It Has Developed Test for Coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020
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A clinical lab in Missouri says it has developed a test for the novel coronavirus that is more than 99% accurate. 

KCUR reports that Viracor Eurofins in Lee's Summit claims it is capable of performing more than 1,000 tests per day and returning results the same day.

Officials say the test would allow for expanding testing to patients who don't currently meet the eligibility criteria for public laboratory testing established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.