Testing for COVID-19

By KNSS Radio

There are laboratory tests that can identify the virus that causes COVID-19 in respiratory specimens. State and local public health departments have received tests from CDC, whereas medical providers are getting tests developed by commercial manufacturers.

Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. Here is some information that might help you make decisions about seeking medical care or testing:

-Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care. They may not need to be tested.

-There is no treatment specifically approved for people who have COVID-19.


Testing is being performed by the Sedgwick County Health Dept when a person is symptomatic so the virus can be detected with the test. CLICK HERE for testing sites. 

Wichita-area residents are encouraged to call United Way of the Plains at 2-1-1 if they think they should be tested for COVID-19.

Testing can be ordered through commercial laboratories by a medical provider.

More info from Sedgwick County: CLICK HERE