COVID drive-thru testing site in south Wichita closing Thursday due to cold

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FILE – A man is swabbed for COVID-19 at a walk-up testing site at Farragut Square on Dec. 23, 2021, just blocks from the White House in Washington. The explosive increase in U.S. coronavirus case counts is raising alarm, but some experts believe the focus should instead be on COVID-19 hospital admissions. And those aren’t climbing as fast. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File )

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The extreme weather forecasted for Thursday has put COVID testing on hold at the Wichita State Molecular Diagnostics Lab (MDL) drive-thru site, 4174 S. Oliver.

There will be no drive-thru testing available at the site Thursday in order to protect workers from the cold. The drive-thru site will reopen Friday at 10 a.m.

MDL will remain open for community collection partner specimen drop-offs both days, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. All tests results will come back in 24 hours.

There have been over 15,000 positive cases in the last two days in the state of Kansas, and a record number of hospitalizations as omicron continues to surge throughout the nation.

For more information, you can visit the WSU Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory website by clicking here.

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