County Library, Health Department expand test kit distribution network – St. Louis Call Newspapers

The St. Louis County Library is more than doubling the number of places residents can get free COVID-19 test kits.

Beginning Wednesday, the St. Louis County Library announced that it is temporarily adding four new branches to the test kit destruction network, in partnership with the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, which provides the kits.

Wednesday’s expansion includes several sites in South County, which the Department of Public Health has identified as an area where COVID is spreading faster than the county average.

Also starting Wednesday, the health department is increasing the number of test kits available per day per branch from 25 to 100.

The four new branches where test kits can be picked up include:

• Cliff Cave Branch 5430 Telegraph Road, 63129
• Grant’s View Branch 9700 Musick Road, 63123
• Meramec Valley Branch 625 New Smizer Mill Road, 63026
• Oak Bend Branch 842 S. Holmes Ave, 63122

In addition to the four new locations, test kits continue to be offered at the following branches:

• Weber Road Branch 4444 Weber Road, 63123
• Lewis & Clark Branch 9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd. Saint-Louis, 63136
• Rock Road Branch 10267 St. Charles Rock Road St. Ann, 63074

Residents should make an appointment to pick up a test kit at one of the branches by calling 314-994-3300. In-person reservations are not accepted. Kits are available for curbside pickup at the designated branch. Pickup times by phone appointment are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

Each kit contains a PCR saliva test with instructions. Kits should be returned to a health department drop-off site for testing. Library facilities do not accept samples for testing.

Test kits can be dropped off at South County Health Center, 4580 S. Lindbergh Blvd., John C. Murphy Health Center at 6121 North Hanley, and North Central Community Health Center at 4000 Jennings Station Road. Residents can drop off their test samples at any of the three facilities between 8 a.m. and 4:40 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

“One of our most important tools in the fight against COVID-19 is testing,” County Executive Sam Page said in a news release. “This helps public health experts know the extent of the virus and allows those who have been exposed to the virus or show symptoms to determine their status and take necessary precautions.”

The Eureka Fire Protection District, in partnership with the Department of Public Health, will also distribute free COVID-19 test kits to the public on February 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eureka Community Center, 333 Bald Hill , 63025.

Testing by appointment continues to be offered at all three Department of Public Health centres. Information on how to make an appointment for testing can be found at ReviveSTL.com.

The library also continues to host weekly COVID-19 vaccination clinics at four branches. Information about vaccination clinics can be found here.

“The number of COVID cases reported each day is declining. It’s good news. However, the virus continues to spread throughout the community,” Page said. “We cannot relax our mitigation efforts which include vaccines, masking and testing. Effective mitigation efforts will get us where we want to be – a place where COVID-19 is not a driver in our day-to-day decision-making.

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