COVID-19 Testing for First Responders

Updated 08/3/20, 10 p.m.

Important Contacts

Personal Protective Equipment

Submit the completed form to


N95 Decontamination

(316) 660-1190

Sedgwick County Disease Reporting Hotline



No cost COVID-19 testing for any first responder, with or without symptoms

Dial (316) 660-1022, Sedgwick County Health Department

Report that you work as a first responder.


COVID-19 Testing for First Responders

Due to increased testing supplies and the capacity to sample more residents, the Sedgwick County Health Department is expanding the criteria for COVID-19 testing which will assist in tracking and controlling the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

 The expanded criteria include workers who aid and treat people who are sick or who work in group living situations. These front-line workers, who will be tested with or without symptoms, include:


  1. To receive a no cost test, dial (316) 660-1022, Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) and tell the SCHD call center you work as a first responder. 
  2. A Sedgwick County Health Department staff member will ask you questions and make an appointment for you at the drive-through clinic, 620 North Edgemoor, Wichita. Sampling for COVID-19 testing is performed Monday through Friday mornings by appointment only. Sampling and testing are offered at no cost.
  1. After sampling, Sedgwick County Health Department staff will contact you with your results within one week.
  1. First Responders should be tested:
  1. Patient samples obtained by the Health Department are for a molecular virus test that detects coronavirus particles in a person’s body. This is not an antibody test that tests for immunity.
  1. If an exposure to a confirmed COVID case occurs, first responders are in quarantine for 14 days from last exposure to a COVID-19 case. They are tested by their healthcare provider or by dialing (316) 660-1022 and stating they are a contact of a COVID-19 case.
  1. Symptoms of COVID-19 can include one or more of the following: fever, cough, recent decrease in the ability to breathe, upper respiratory symptoms (congestions, runny nose), chills or shivering, tiredness, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, sudden loss of smell or taste, diarrhea without a known cause.
  1. Be aware that older adults can show atypical COVID-19 symptoms. It is important to recognize any symptoms that could indicate coronavirus infection and to test right away.