County expands COVID test kit distribution campaign

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Drive-thru COVID-19 testing at the St. Louis County Library in 2020.

By Lucas Irizarry, Staff Reporter

St. Louis County is making a considerable push this week to make COVID test kits more widely available. County Executive Sam Page announced Monday that several new locations are offering kits currently or in the near future.

Testing kits were made available in late January at two library branches — the Weber Road branch, 4444 Weber Road, and the Rock Road branch, 10267 St. Charles Rock Road. As of Monday, the Lewis and Clark branch, 9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd., also has kits available. Kits can only be reserved by calling 314-994-3300 and in-person reservations will not be accepted. Page hinted more branches will be added to the roster in the future.

Also this week, kits are available at the North County Recreation complex at 2577 Redmond Ave. No appointment is necessary for this location and Page said if demand is high, the location will continue to give out kits.

On Wednesday, the Eureka Fire Protection District is providing 5000 kits at the Eureka Community Center at 333 Bald Hill Road. No appointments are necessary.

Each test kit comes with detailed instructions and they must be returned to a Department of Public Health Center drop-off site for processing and analysis. Drop-off sites run Monday-Thursday from 8-4:30 p.m. and Friday from 8-2:30 p.m. Sites include the South County Health Center, 4580 S. Lindbergh Blvd., the John C. Murphy Health Center at 6121 North Hanley and the North Central Community Health Center at 4000 Jennings Station Road.