Testing site open at NHS

Chad Frey
The Kansan

KDHE and WellHealth have opened a COVID-19 testing site in Harvey County at Newton High School.

“We appreciate the added resource in our community for COVID-19 testing,” said Harvey County Health Department Director Lynnette Redington. “We have a tremendous network of medical providers in Harvey County that individuals can continue to go to for COVID-19 information and care. This addition provides another valuable opportunity.”

The testing site will be located in the parking lot of Newton High School, 900 W. 12th St. in Newton. Those seeking testing should enter the campus using Boyd Street. The traffic plan for the site suggests using a route of Meridian to Eastbound 12th Street and turning north onto Boyd. Vehicles will exit the parking lot onto 12th Street.

Individuals can remain in their vehicle throughout the process. The site will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Appointments were available beginning Dec. 4.

Testing is open to all individuals, regardless of county of residence. The site will test symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. Testing will be filed through an insurance provider if available, but is free to those who do not have insurance.

\WellHealth conducts saliva-based testing. Results are expected within 48-96 hours after testing, with notification of results sent by WellHealth to the individual through SMS or email.

Appointments are recommended to aid traffic. However, those without appointments can be tested. Appointments can be scheduled through WellHealth’s website, www.gogettested.com.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has partnered with WellHealth to open a COVID-19 drive-through testing site in Harvey County.

The Newton testing site is anticipated to be able to conduct up to 1,000 tests per day.