WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita State University Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory (MDL), which closed its drive-thru COVID-19 testing site, 4174 S. Oliver, three days last week, has now suspended it indefinitely.

MDL remains open and continues to process tests being administered by its community partners. The lab provides results within 24 hours of collection. Its website said the decision to suspend the drive-thru testing indefinitely is so it can focus on high-volume test processing.

“Omicron caused a huge surge, and MDL stepped up to help – but collection is not their essential purpose,” Tonya Witherspoon, executive director of the MDL, said.

The popular testing spot was closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday because of the cold and a staffing shortage. MDL staff and their families were affected by COVID.

“They have to focus staff on MDL’s core and essential service: test processing – even when staff aren’t out sick,” Witherspoon said. “This allows MDL to continue high-volume processing of tests collected by hundreds of collection partners across the state.”

Visit the Sedgwick County Health Department website for a list of testing locations in and around Wichita. Click on the Kansas Department of Health and Environment website for testing locations across the state.