As part of Gov. Mike Parson’s plan to rapidly increase COVID-19 testing volume to 7,500 tests per day in Missouri, Cape Girardeau County will be the site of a community sampling event from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. June 5 in Arena Park. More than 500 people have already registered for the June 5 event, and those still interested in being tested are now being added to a waiting list. Cape Girardeau County is one of six Missouri counties identified to host testing events. Any Missouri resident who wishes to be tested with a nasal swab to see if they have an active COVID-19 infection can do so at no cost to the individual. Missouri residency is the only requirement; individuals do not have to live in Cape Girardeau County to be tested, and they do not have to be experiencing symptoms. Online pre-registration is highly encouraged and will allow for the testing event to run efficiently for patients. Those without access to online pre-registration can call the Missouri COVID-19 hotline for registration assistance at (877) 435-8411. The community-based testing will be operated by the Department of Health and Senior Services and Missouri National Guard in coordination with the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center.The goal is to test nearly 10,000 people over a 10-day period at events in Boone, Cape Girardeau, Greene, Jackson, Jefferson and St. Charles Counties. COVID-19 community testing will help public health officials learn more about the prevalence of COVID-19 transmission in this area.