Bridgeton lab provides COVID testing to underserved communities

BRIDGETON, Mo. – As demand for COVID testing continues to rise, a local lab owned by a St. Louis native and former NFL player is helping underserved communities.

Quantum Labs in Bridgeton began with drug testing at the end of 2020. As the pandemic continued, the bulk of their workload became saturated with another type of testing.

“I mean, our phone rings all the time. It rings nonstop, ”said Sylvester Williams, CEO and co-founder of Quantum Labs. “It’s just people looking for help and people wanting us to be a solution for them.”

COVID tests have gone from a few hundred a day to over 1,000 and more. The lab has also partnered with big names like Mizzou and the Barnes-Jewish Hospital, but it’s more than a business. It’s personal for Williams.

He played in the NFL for seven years. Now he’s back home to help the communities that raised him, founding the only black-owned CLIA-certified high-complexity lab in Missouri.

“We come from those communities, so our goal is to bring the most testing to underserved communities,” said Williams. “Underserved communities have suffered the most, so it’s like we’re here in the fire. We say we are here with you. We want to offer our services and help as much as possible.

The lab hosts free testing events for those in the metro area alongside the Urban League, NAACP, federally funded health centers, and more.

“We’re going to go far and we’ll do great things and I think people recognize that,” said Williams. “They recognize that I’m African American and my partner is African American and we have a very diverse team and they want to be a part of it and help us,” Williams said.

“If you build it, they will come, and if you build it the right way, they will come,” he added.

Their next free COVID testing event will be at St. James AME Church in northern St. Louis on January 13. To make an appointment, visit:

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