COVID-19 Testing Now Available At Community Memorial Healthcare

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Within the last 24 hours, more COVID-19 (coronavirus) testing options have become available to us here at CMH. This means that we will have the ability to more widely test patients with suspicious symptoms (for a full list of symptoms, please visit at this time.

“We think coronavirus is likely in our community at this point,” said Dr. Shane Thoreson, chief of medical staff at CMH, “but we won’t know for sure until we’re able to conduct more testing. Now that the state’s guidelines and avenues for testing have changed and increased, we will be better able to address our patients’ concerns.”

Patients are encouraged to call Community Physicians Clinic (CPC) at 785-562-3942 if they feel they may have possible COVID-19 symptoms and have been in an area where cases have previously been identified. Patients will be screened over the phone and a provider will determine whether or not the patient needs to be tested.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.