What you need to know about community COVID-19 testing at Newton High School

Chad Frey
cfrey@thekansan.com
KDHE and WellHealth have opened a COVID-19 testing site in Harvey County at Newton High School.

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

Capacity

The site has given 100 or more tests each day since opening — the early high was 160 tests in a day. The site can administer about 1,000 tests per day.

Get an appointment online

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

“If they do not have an appointment they are still welcome, but we encourage an appointment so we don’t cause any (traffic) congestion at the site,” said Gary Denny, director of emergency management for Harvey County.

Who can get tested?

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.

When is it open?

The site will be open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. The site will be open through the month of December.

Stay in the car

Individuals can remain in their vehicle throughout the process. The Newton testing site is anticipated to be able to conduct up to 1,000 tests per day.

How to get there

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 northbound Meridian to eastbound 12th Street and turning north onto Boyd. Vehicles will exit the parking lot onto 12th Street.

What kind of test is given?

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