General FAQ

I need to get tested for COVID-19. Can you test me?

Yes. The Molecular Diagnostics Lab is a collection site and is able to provide medical services.

If you are needing to get tested for COVID-19, check out the link below to find more information.

Get Tested

 

What kind of test does the MDL process?

The MDL uses molecular RT-PCR tests which look for evidence of active infection. The MDL can process saliva samples, as well as nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab samples, providing results within 24 hours.   Read more about our testing HERE.

What happens if someone tests positive for COVID-19?

For more information, please visit Sedgwick County's website.

Sedgwick County COVID-19 Modified Quarantine Information.

For more information, please visit Sedgwick County's website.

How do I read my results?

Your results will be emailed to you with the email you provided. If you do not have/did not provide an email, contact the organization where you tested to get your results. 

An explanation of all results is provided on every test report. In addition, please refer to the following chart for more information.

MDL Results Matrix

Quarantine FAQ

What happens if someone tests positive for COVID-19?

For more information, please visit Sedgwick County's website.

Sedgwick County COVID-19 Modified Quarantine Information.

For more information, please visit Sedgwick County's website.

7-Day Quarantine – no symptoms and with testing 

For more information, please visit Sedgwick County's website.

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10-Day Quarantine – no symptoms and no testing

For more information, please visit Sedgwick County's website.

COVID Variant FAQ

I got the vaccine. Will that make my PCR test come out positive?

NO – tests processed at the MDL are not affected by the vaccine.

What is a mutated strain?

Have you seen the image of SARS-CoV-2? The virus contains something similar to a “code” called nucleic acid inside of its shell. The nucleic acid tells the virus how to rebuild itself. If the “code” changes then the proteins that get made, like the “spike” you see on the outside of the virus, can change in structure. This can make them act differently in our bodies.

Can MDL detect the strains of COVID-19 that have the viral mutations I see in the news?

YES – currently the MDL COVID-19 RT-PCR tests will be positive for all known strains of SARS-CoV-2 including the UK (B.1.1.7), South African (B1.351), and Brazilian (P.1) strains.

Patient FAQ

What is the process to get tested?  

The MDL does collect samples at our facility. Please refer to the link below to find out more information. 

Get Tested

Does the MDL keep my DNA or use my DNA for any testing?

NO – the samples submitted to MDL are only tested for viral RNA. In the case of suspected mutated strains, only the viral RNA is sent to the state lab, not the original sample. All patient samples are disposed of by incineration.

How do I get my test results?

Once your sample has been delivered to our lab, your results will be available in our patient portal. You will receive an email from mdlsender@wichita.edu requiring you to confirm your identity and then instructions will be provided to create your account. If you can not access your account or you were not given information to create your account, please contact your testing provider for your test results. 

How quickly will I get my results?

Tests are processed and results will be delivered within 24 hours from when the lab receives the sample specimen.

What if my employer or organization is not offering tests?

If your employer or organization is not signed up to provide testing, you can find one of our other testing partners that is offering community testing below, or come directly to our lab to get collected. Please refer to the link below for more information. 

Get Tested

Can I get a rapid COVID-19 test?

The MDL does not process rapid antigen testing. The MDL provides RT-PCR testing with results returned in 24 hours. 

I can not log in to see my results.

In order to see your results, you will have to create an account. Instructions on how to create your account would have come from your testing provider, or follow the process in the link provided below. 

If you have already created your account and can not log in, please contact your testing provider and they can provide you with your test results. 

Patient Portal Guides

I have signed into my account, but I do not see my results.

If you have signed in and do not see your results, your results may not have finished processing. Please contact your testing provider as they will also have received your results when they are reported.

Do I have to make a new account if I get tested again?

No. As long as your testing provider continues to use our lab services, all of your tests can be delivered to one patient portal for all of your tests. 

I am having trouble logging into my account.

If you are having trouble logging into your Patient Portal, please view our Patient Portal Login Guide.

Patient Portal Guides

 Testing Partner FAQ

What is the process to become a testing partner?

All information about becoming a Testing Partner can be found on our Testing Partner web page, as well as the form to register.

How much do tests cost?  

Tests are available for purchase in packs of 50. 

Saliva Collection Kits with Sample Analysis cost $76.85 per kit. 
Nasopharyngeal Swab Collection Kit and Test Analysis cost $97.75 per kit.
Oropharyngeal Swab Collection Kit and Test Analysis cost $97.75 per kit.

Which Service Agreement do I need to complete?

There are three (3) variations of services agreements based on the type of testing partner you are. 

Employer Agreement - Best for institutions such as, but not limited to, most businesses or organizations, including community organizations and nonprofits. Not for medical providers/institutions or governmental departments.

Healthcare Provider Agreement - Best for institutions such as, but not limited to, hospitals, nursing homes, emergency care clinics, and specialty surgery centers, etc.

Government Agreement- Best for institutions such as, but not limited to county agencies, city agencies, fire, police, and EMS departments, public universities, and Kansas Unified School Districts, etc. 

 

What is the onboard training?

All Registered Users are required to complete Onboard Training in order to be trained on our software, as well as best practices for safely collecting specimen samples.

Onboard Training Agenda
Training sessions are attended in an online training module. 
--Confirm your WSU MDL Patient Portal account login and access
--Overview of specimen collection process
--Overview of MDL Patient Portal
--How to requisition a test
--How to see test results 
--How to pick up your Specimen Collection Kits and drop off collected specimens for testing
--Q&A

 

Who can administer testing?

Saliva testing is designed to be a self-administered, contact-free test. Saliva tests have to be administered with a trained observer overseeing the specimen collection. Every testing partner will have a minimum of one trained observer who will receive training during the Partner Testing Onboard training. 

Nasopharyngeal and Oropharyngeal swab testing requires a medical professional to administer the test collection. Testing Partners who choose to test via nasopharyngeal and orophaygeal swab will have to acquire their own medical professional. A medical professional will not be provided by the MDL.

 

How do I get my test kits?

Test kits are available for pickup as soon as Testing Partners have completed their onboard training. If you are reordering kits, those kits will be ready within 5 business days. Test kits are available for request/purchase HERE.

I have samples that need to be processed. How do I get them to MDL to be processed?

Testing Partners are responsible for transporting samples back to the MDL at 4174 S. Oliver Building 174H Wichita, KS 67210 to be processed. All partners will be provided with a Biohazard box to transport samples.

Below are medical couriers that can also be used for transport:

Central Plains
Kristi Bristow
1711 S. Knight St Ste. T 
Wichita, KS 67213 
316-744-7025
Centralplainsdelivery .com 
Leadfoot Express
1709 S Hoover Rd.
Wichita, KS 67209
(316) 540-9991
Metro Deliveries
Richard Fluharty
Sales Representative
4949 S. Lulu Ct. | Wichita, KS  67216
316-522-8008 phone | 316-612-8454 cell
richard@metrodelivers.com
Do I have to bring all the tests back to the lab at the same time? 

No. Testing partners can bring specimen samples back to the lab on an as-needed basis. Specimen samples should be returned to the lab within 12 hours of collection. If unable to return specimen samples within 12 hours, place the sample in a refrigerator until the sample can be returned to the lab. 

What is my client code?

Your client code is assigned to your organization. You will receive your client code during onboarding training and it will be emailed to you for your records. The client code will be needed to purchase testing kits and will be located as the first 4 digits on every test kit.

I am a testing partner and I am having IT issues or other problems registering patients.

If you are experiencing any IT or registering issues, please email mdlsupport@wichita.edu and provide details on the issue occurring. 

What if I do not live in Sedgwick County? Can I still get testing supplies for my employees?

Absolutely! WSU MDL processes test specimens for testing partners throughout the state of Kansas.