County adds new testing center amid COVID surge


The Affton School District held a vaccination event for its teachers and other staff members the first day teachers were eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine Monday, March 15. Other school districts like Mehlville and Lindbergh have also hosted events to vaccinate their staff.

By Lucas Irizarry, Staff Reporter

St. Louis County is opening a new testing center Monday, Jan. 10 as demand continues to rise for testing facilities.

The new site is at the North County Recreational Center, 2577 Redmond Ave. It is an in-car only test site and will feature saliva tests, as opposed to nose swabs at other sites. Tests are only available by appointment and the location is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. County Executive Sam Page said the site will provide an additional 1,000 tests per week — the county’s other sites have averaged 2,000 total in recent weekly averages.

The county is now providing Pfizer booster shots for children 12-15 after CDC approval Wednesday. The shots are available for walk-in patients and vaccine locations can be found at

Page said a COVID pill will soon be available commercially, but for now it’s so rare it is reserved for the sickest hospital patients.