Molecular Diagnostics Lab continues to process COVID tests; specimen collection is suspended indefinitely


Updated Jan. 18

Wichita State’s Molecular Diagnostics Lab (MDL) is open and continues to process thousands of COVID tests with 24-hour results. However, the lab has indefinitely suspended its COVID test collection service to focus on the core mission of processing tests that come in from the many testing partners in the community.

Community collection testing partner dropoff is still open.

“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,” says Tonya Witherspoon, executive director of the MDL.

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.

Go to the Sedgwick County website for a list of other area testing locations

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