Testing Information

Testing is vital for us to understand the spread of COVID-19 in our area and keep our community healthy.

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has expanded testing efforts for our community. Anyone who needs a COVID-19 PCR test can schedule a FREE appointment by calling our COVID-19 call center at (417) 874-1211. 

Anyone who has questions about testing can call our COVID-19 call center at (417) 874-1211 or email [email protected].

Symptomatic Testing

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, several resources are available to you to access testing services:

Asymptomatic Testing

If you are NOT experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, several resources are available to you to access testing services:

At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Many pharmacies sell at-home COVID-19 tests such as the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self Test. If you test positive using one of these tests you should immediate isolation and call our COVID-19 Call Center at 417-874-1211 so we can provide guidance and start the investigation process.

Are you testing after an exposure or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms but tested negative using an at-home test? False-negatives are possible using self-administered tests, so we are unable to verify if a negative result is accurate for the purposes of isolation or quarantine. If you were exposed and/or are experiencing symptoms, the Health Department recommends seeking a test at a provider to make decisions regarding isolation and quarantine. COVID-19 tests can be scheduled through the Health Department by calling our COVID-19 Call Center 417-874-1211 and other testing providers can be found at health.springfieldmo.gov/testing.

Waiting for your test results?

It can take a few days to receive your results. If you have questions regarding your test results, please contact your healthcare provider.

SGCHD in-house testing fact sheets

Types of tests

There are two different types of COVID-19 tests: diagnostic tests and antibody tests.

Diagnostic Tests

A diagnostic test answers the question "Do I have COVID-19?"

The official name is a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. PCR is a genetic test for the presence of viral ribonucleic acid (RNA) from a nasopharyngeal (nose) or oropharyngeal (throat) swab. If a person tests positive, this means they are currently infected with COVID-19.

If a person in self-quarantine feels healthy but tests negative for COVID-19 after day 5 of their quarantine, they can shorten their quarantine period to 7 days. Symptoms may appear up to 14 days after exposure to the virus, so they should continue to monitor for symptoms and practice prevention measures like vigilant masking, distancing, and handwashing.

Antibody Tests

An antibody test answers the question "Did I have COVID-19 (or another coronavirus) in the past?"

Antibody testing for COVID-19 (also known as serology testing) is a blood test. It looks for antibodies that form as part of the body’s immune response to the virus. If a person has a positive antibody test, it means they have been exposed at some point in the past to SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19. It could also be positive if a person has been exposed to a different type of coronavirus.

Many different companies offer antibody tests, the majority of which have not been FDA-approved. Current available tests have been authorized under Emergency Use Authorization and the tests vary widely in their performance. 

For more information on serology testing, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/lab/serology-testing.html