Bothwell Regional Health Center’s drive-through COVID-19 testing location at the Missouri State Fairgrounds Sheep Pavilion is now closed, according to a press release issued March 17.

Testing is available at the Bothwell Walk-In Clinic. People with signs and symptoms of the virus should visit the clinic to be seen by a provider. There will be no curbside testing at this location.

Clinic hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and the location is on the first floor of the Healing Arts Center at 3700 W. 10th Street in Sedalia.

Keith Morrow, Bothwell’s vice president for Clinic Operations, said there are a number of factors for the decision to close the drive-through testing location including the fact that COVID-19 vaccination efforts continue to expand and the community has seen a decline in virus cases.

He said that if the number of cases increases again, the drive-through or curbside testing locations can be revisited.

“To help keep the number of cases from rising, we still strongly recommend social distancing and mask wearing,” he said. “We also encourage people to sign up to receive the safe, effective vaccine as soon as they are eligible under the Missouri state guidelines."

Vaccine preregistration can be done by calling (660) 829-8822 or going online at www.brhc.org/vaccine.

As vaccine allotments are announced, appointments will be scheduled for upcoming vaccine clinics to those who have filled out the preregistration form. All vaccines will be given by appointment only.

Bothwell is still hosting several vaccine events out at the Missouri State fairgrounds at the MO-AG Theatre (and still accepting appointments)