SPRINGFIELD, MO (KY3) – Ozark hospitals and health departments are using a new strategy to detect the virus.
Doctors say it’s faster and easier for patients. They call it a “Quad Swab”.
Webster County, along with the Springfield and Joplin areas, has the ability to do respiratory disease testing all at once.
Webster County Health Department Scott Allen said: “The technology comes out of his dynamic DNA lab in Springfield, and the test results come back the next afternoon.”
Instead of several nasal swabs, just one can test for all four respiratory diseases. Scott Allen of the Webster County Health Department says the test will help identify exactly what you have.
Amanda Clements, a nurse at Missouri Ozarks Community Health, said, “Once family gatherings begin, there’s a good chance there will be large groups.
Clements says more cases are coming and he wants to help prepare.
“Hand washing is number one, preferably with soap and water,” says Clements. “Avoid touching your face, eyes, and mouth, as this increases the chances of bacteria entering your body,” says Clements.
See below for “Quad Swab” dates, locations and times.
Tuesday: 10am 6pm 1850 E Division St Springfield, Mo. 65804
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Nextgen Diagnostic Services 2025 S. Duquesne Rd. Joplin, MO 64804
Thursday: 2:00pm – 6:00pm Nextgen Diagnostic Services 2025 S. Duquesne Rd. Joplin, MO 64804
Friday 8am-4pm Webster County Health Department 233 E Washington St. Marshfield, MO. 65706
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