COVID-19 test lab opens at Wichita State

October 19, 2020 - 5:28 pm

A ribbon-cutting marked the opening of a high volume COVID-19 test lab at Wichita State University.  It's call the Molecular Diagnostics Lab and is located in the John Bardo Center on WSU Innovation Campus. 

The new lab is designed to process thousands of tests in less than 24 hours. Currently, Sedgwick County samples are sent to out-of-state labs, with processing being both costly and slow. The lab expects to offer a 24-hour turnaround on both nasopharyngeal swab test and saliva test results – all delivered through a patient digital portal – in order to get residents back to school and work faster.

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Gov. Laura Kelly said rapid, high-volume testing for COVID-19 will keep Kansas schools, businesses, and government open.

“With a coordinated strategy, we can identify hotspots before they spread out of control and make sure that Kansans can take proper safety precautions or avoid locations where the virus is present. We can help provide certainty that our schools and our businesses can stay open safely,” she said. “That’s why this new high-volume testing center is so significant, particularly here in Sedgwick County and this the surrounding region, which are home to some of our largest employers and school districts in Kansas.”

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