UPDATE for March 26, 2020
Due to a limited number of COVID-19 testing supplies across the U.S. and consistent with other health care providers, only patients who are very ill and meet COVID-19 criteria are currently being tested. For those with symptoms, we recommend staying home and away from others and taking care of yourself as you would with other viruses. If symptoms escalate, patients should contact their primary care physician.
To get tested, contact your primary care provider or use our interactive risk assessment at mercy.net/covid19.
UPDATED March 25, 2020
With more cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) appearing, Mercy has plans to open three additional drive-through COVID-19 test collection sites in the St. Louis region, located in South St. Louis County, Washington and Hillsboro.
Mercy Test Collection Sites are exclusively for patients who meet the Centers for Disease Control and state health department guidelines for testing. To qualify for testing at the drive-through site, patients must have a fever of at least 100.4 degrees and respiratory symptoms including cough or shortness of breath, and either recent travel to a high-risk area or contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient.
The Hillsboro site is located at the Hillsboro Community Civic Club Jefferson County Fairgrounds at 10349 Business 21, Hillsboro, MO, 63050. It will open on Wednesday, March 25 at 2 p.m. following a blessing at 1:30 p.m.
The South St. Louis County site will be located in the parking lot of the MetLife building at 13045 Tesson Ferry Rd., St. Louis, MO, 63128. The opening date for this site is being determined.
The Washington test site is located on the Washington Fairgrounds, 6 Fairgrounds Rd., Washington, MO, 63090. The site will be near the Mercy First Aid Building and the Motorsports Arena. It opened Monday, March 23.
Mercy’s first test collection site opened Saturday, March 14, in Chesterfield at the Mercy Virtual Care Center, 15740 S. Outer Forty Rd. In the first six days at that site, Mercy has collected samples from 441 patients and is now seeing about 120 patients per day.
Patients seeking a COVID-19 test must first be screened, and if appropriate, they will be given a time to arrive at the test collection site nearest them. Mercy will collect a sample and send it to a designated lab, either the state health department or a private lab. Results may take a couple days or up to a week depending on the lab conducting the test. There is a cost associated with the testing; most insurance companies along with Medicare and Medicaid have committed to covering the cost. No one will be turned away from the testing site due to cost.