(Festus/Crystal City) Taking effect on Monday, Mercy Hospital has implemented a no visitors allowed policy as a precautionary effort in trying prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the area.

Mercy Jefferson Community Relations Manager John Winkelman explains there are some exceptions to the policy.

Winkelman provides a local Mercy COVID-19 update.

Mercy Hospital has setup a drive-through COVID-19 test collection site at Mercy Virtual Care Center in Chesterfield.

A second test site was opened on Monday at Mercy Hospital Washington in Franklin County.

Mercy officials are currently working on setting up a third testing site at the Hillsboro Community Civic Club on the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

That location is expected to be open sometime later this week.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to get tested, call Mercy’s Clinical support line at 314-251-0500.