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For Immediate Release
August 28, 2020
Kate Flavin


Health Department Offers COVID-19 Testing to People Working with Students in-person in Classrooms

(Sedgwick County, Kan.) – Beginning Monday, August 31 Sedgwick County residents working in in-person classrooms of preK to 12th grade students will be able to schedule a time to be sampled for COVID-19 through the Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD). These individuals can be tested weekly whether or not they have symptoms. Next day appointments for no cost testing can be made by calling United Way of the Plains at 2-1-1.

At this time, testing is not open to people working in virtual classes, people who homeschool, or to faculty and staff at technical schools, colleges, universities or any other higher education institution.  

SCHD’s drive-through sampling site (DTSS) is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, by appointment only.

At the DTSS, a nasopharyngeal (nose) swab will be taken and sent to a lab for COVID-19 testing. Residents are able to access test results from an online results portal 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 to people working in-person in classrooms, other 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.

Help prevent the spread of the coronavirus by washing your hands, wearing a mask or face covering, and watching your distance (keeping six feet of space between you and others).