Testing Information

Testing is vital for us to understand the spread of COVID-19 in our area. Our community has worked hard to expand access, and we are confident in our ability to test people who need tests.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and need to be tested, you should contact your healthcare provider via virtual care or phone.

Anyone who has issues accessing testing can call our coronavirus call center at (417) 874-1211 or email coronavirus@springfieldmo.gov

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 tests negative for COVID-19 or feels healthy, they should remain in quarantine since symptoms may appear up to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

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 

COVID-19 Community Testing

Missouri DHSS is partnering with the Missouri National Guard, local health departments to offer local community testing events throughout the state of Missouri. While the Greene County event has passed, there are other events still available.

State testing event information

To access testing:

Testing is also available through some CVS Minute Clinic locations. Click here to complete an online screening and schedule an appointment.

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