Missouri does not plan to follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending less COVID-19 testing. The new CDC guideline says people exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus “do not necessarily need a test” unless they are showing symptoms or are at high risk for getting very sick. State Health Department Director Randall Williams says Missouri’s testing strategy will remain the same.

Testing assists health officials with monitoring the spread of the virus and helping to contain the growth of the disease.