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KDHE Launches Mobile Testing Unites

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is launching three mobile testing units for COVID-19 in order to expand testing access across the state and provide rapid response in the event of an outbreak.

“Ramping up testing capabilities in Kansas has been critical to identify COVID-19 in our state and stop the spread,” Dr. Lee Norman, KDHE Secretary, said. “We must remain vigilant and continue following proven public health measures. I urge you to utilize the free testing locations in your area.”

The mobile testing will target areas that are not easily served by fixed testing sites and will also target at-risk communities. The mobile vans are self-contained, leveraging KDHE staff, supplies, resulting technology and customer service.

Beginning in March, the mobile testing units will be in Butler, Douglas and Sumner counties weekly throughout the month.

Douglas County

Baldwin City Public Library, 800 7th Street, Baldwin City every Monday in March between 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sumner County

Cowley College, Sumner Campus Community Room, 2208 Davis-White Loop in Wellington every Tuesday in March between 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Butler County

Andover Police Department, 909 N Andover Road, Andover every Wednesday in March between 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Testing is free and available to anyone and insurance is not required. Results are generally available within two days.

Communities are welcome to request the mobile testing units by contacting kdhe.mobileops@ks.gov. Requests are prioritized based on factors including presence of current outbreak, risk level of populations, availability of alternate testing and request timing.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
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.

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