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For Immediate Release
August 21, 2020
Kate Flavin


Archived: COVID-19 Sedgwick County Testing Opportunities For Week of August 23


(Sedgwick County, Kan.) – The Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) will continue providing COVID-19 testing throughout the week of August 23 through mobile testing and at our Drive Through Sampling Site.

Mobile Outreach Testing

SCHD’s Mobile Outreach Response (MOR) Team will also be providing walk-in/bike-in testing opportunities from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the following dates and locations:

  • Monday, August 24 at the Clearwater Community Center, 921 E. Janet Ave, Clearwater, KS 67026
  • Wednesday, August 26 at the Tabernacle Bible Church, 1817 N. Volutsia, Wichita, KS 67214

No appointment is necessary for the mobile outreach sites.

Drive Through Sampling Site

The SCHD will be operating its Drive Through Sampling Site (DTSS) at 620 N. Edgemoor, Wichita, KS, 67208, Monday-Friday by appointment only 9 a.m.-noon. Next day appointments can be made by calling United Way of the Plains at 2-1-1.

If you have special needs, please contact staff on your arrival. At the sampling sites, the SCHD will take a nasopharyngeal (nose) swab and send it to a lab for COVID-19 testing. A new results portal was implemented the week of August 10. With the new portal, patients were able to access test results as early as three days after sampling.  The results of the SCHD virus test show whether a person has current infection. This is not an antibody test.

Sedgwick County tests residents who have symptoms or who are contacts of known COVID-19 positive people at the DTSS. In addition, people without symptoms can be tested if they are first responders, healthcare workers (including home health and long-term care), law enforcement, detention facility workers, Direct Support Professionals, or if they work in residential group living facilities.

Residents with symptoms should be tested. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, and the most common COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills or shivering
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue or feeling more tired than normal

Social distancing, mask wearing, and good hand hygiene will help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.