Freeman looks to the future of COVID-19 response, closing drive-thru testing site

Freeman’s Jessica Liberty speaking in front of the hospital COVID-19 drive-thur testing and vaccine site

Just over two years ago, in April of 2020, Freeman Health System in Joplin, like many other health providers throughout the US, was trying to determine the future of the COVID-19 pandemic.

That month Freeman opened their drive-thru testing site and call center that would later become their COVID-19 vaccine site. On Friday, Jessica Liberty, Head of Infection Prevention at Freeman, officially closed the center.

Liberty spoke about the uncertainty in the early days of the pandemic. “I’m very, very, very proud of Freeman Health System and very proud of the staff that showed up every day. Didn’t know exactly what their day was going to entail. They had, you know be able to change or flip the switch on something at a moment’s notice. And, being able to be a part of that was just, just incredible.”

According to Liberty, Freeman provided 30,000 tests, 20,000 vaccines and answered 70,000 phone calls from their COVID-19 hub over the past two-plus years.

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