Missouri – The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is reporting more cases of COVID-19.

The state now said they have 11,752 confirmed cases with 676 deaths.  Saline has reported 263 cases with no deaths. Pettis County is reporting 69 cases with one death.  The heaviest hit communities in the state are Jackson County and St. Louis County. Kansas City has reported 495 cases with 15 deaths, and St. Louis County has 4,434 positive cases with 383 deaths.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson said Saturday (May 23) that the state is rapidly trying to increase COVID-19 testing.

Any Missouri residents who wish to be tested with a nasal swab to see if they have an active COVID-19 infection can do so at the specified sites in each region at no cost to the individual.

Boone County
June 1-2, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Hickman High School, Columbia

Cape Girardeau County
June 5, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Arena Park, Cape Girardeau

Greene County
June 4-5, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, Springfield

Jackson County
May 26-30, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Silverstein Eye Center Arena, Independence

Jefferson County
June 1-2, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Faith Community Church, House Springs
June 3, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Hillsboro Civic Center, Hillsboro

St. Charles County
May 26-28, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., St. Charles County Public Health Department,

St. Charles
May 29-30, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.. The Youth Activity Park, Dardenne Prairie

Missouri residency is the only requirement. Individuals do not have to live in the county in which they are tested. They do not have to be experiencing symptoms.

Online pre-registration is highly encouraged and will allow for the testing event to run efficiently for patients. Those without access to online pre-registration can call the Missouri COVID-19 hotline for registration assistance at 877-435-8411.