Kansas rolls out new 'unified testing strategy' to combat COVID-19

Posted at 4:54 PM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 17:54:07-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is rolling out a new “unified testing strategy” for COVID-19, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Monday.

KDHE is set to begin the first phase of the strategy, which will coordinate public and private testing efforts across Kansas and increase testing in areas with continued high community spread.

The strategy also calls for adding testing for non-symptomatic people in areas where the department believes the virus could be present, such as nursing homes, correctional facilities and schools, especially where contact tracing has been difficult, Kelly said.

The state has also hired an expert consultant to help implement the strategy.

The strategy is an effort to help Kansas businesses and schools reopen responsibly, Kelly said.

Combined with mask wearing, Kelly said, the unified approach will help contain the virus in the state.