WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita State University Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory (MDL) is closed for COVID-19 test collections again Thursday. Test collections were also called off Wednesday.

MDL staff and their families are affected by COVID. Because of staff shortages, the lab is focusing on test processing and has temporarily suspended its COVID test collection service.

Tonya Witherspoon, executive director of the MDL, says she is unsure when test collection will reopen but hopes it will be soon. The MDL website will be updated with that information when available.

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“We are short-staffed at the moment and have to make a decision as to what we need to prioritize,” she says. “The No. 1 thing we have to focus on right now is processing thousands of tests every day for our health care workers and collection partners while continuing to provide 24-hour turnaround test results.”

Witherspoon applauds the 600-plus MDL community testing partners, which represent more than 3,000 trained collectors, for stepping in and increasing their collections. This drastically expands access to testing across the community and reduces the lines at mass collection sites.

“Together as a community, we can work effectively to combat this surge and keep our families healthy,” Witherspoon says.

To find other testing locations in Sedgwick County, click here.

Ascension Via Christi said if you’re not feeling well and want to be tested for COVID-19, please visit your county health department or the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s website for testing locations.