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SSM Reducing Drive-thru COVID-19 Testing Sites Hours This Week

CENTRALIA/MT. VERNON – The SSM Health drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites will reduce their hours of operations starting this week.

On Monday, April 5, the clinics in both Centralia and Mt. Vernon will be open Sunday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

The reason behind the reduction in hours is a decrease in the number of individuals who are being tested each week.

In the month of February, approximately 1,700 tests were administered. That number decreased to approximately 700 tests in the month of March.

The drop in testing can likely be attributed to the slowing of community spread of the virus and the increase in the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.

SSM Health will continue to monitor the number of tests administered each week and will adjust hours as needed or if demand surges.

Individuals interested in receiving the vaccine should register on-line at ssmhealth.com/COVIDVaccine to make an appointment.

SSM Health continues to encourage the preventive measures that have been stressed to help stop the spread of the virus.  

Everyone, including those who receive the vaccine should continue to properly wear a mask, avoid large gatherings maintain physical distancing and practice proper handwashing.