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If you have recently traveled to an area experiencing widespread disease transmission, or have been in close contact with someone who has and is sick with COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider.
Call the Riley County Screening Line
If you are having symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, please call our screening call center at 785-323-6400.
The Riley County Swabbing Station is located in the parking lot of the Health Department, at 2030 Tecumseh Road.
If your doctor needs to fax testing orders, please contact the health department screening line to get the fax number: 785-323-6400. You will be given an appointment time to come to the Swabbing Station.
K-State students should contact Lafene Health Center to get tested. 785-532-6544 https://www.k-state.edu/lafene/
You can also be tested at your own doctor’s office. Please call ahead for instructions.
You will be contacted by phone. Your doctor or the Riley County Health Department will call you using the phone number you provided when you were tested.
Your results will NOT be sent my mail, email, or text message.
If you have any doubt about whether the person contacting you is from your doctor’s office or the Health Department, hang up and call your doctor directly or call the RCHD at (785) 323-6400.
No, but an order from a doctor is required for anyone to get tested.
According to KDHE guidelines, you can get tested if you have at least TWO of the symptoms below OR be a close contact of a positive patient.
Patients with at least two symptoms may be eligible for testing. The symptoms of coronavirus may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).
There are four significant testing facility types operational in Kansas for COVID-19 testing:
Test swabs from the Riley County Swabbing Station are sent to the Kansas Health and Environmental lab in Topeka.
Test results from the Riley County Swabbing site are taking 7-10 days. (as of July 15). This is due to the volume of samples being processed by the KDHE lab in Topeka. The Health Department is exploring alternate labs and searching for ways to get results sooner.
You will get a phone call from your doctor or from Health Department staff with your test results.
No. All tests performed by the Health Department or included in Riley County statistics are viral tests, which check for active virus.
Patients are only counted once, even if they have received multiple tests.
Two kinds of tests are available for COVID-19: viral tests and antibody tests.
KDHE has broadened the testing criteria for COVID-19 in an effort to better understand the impacts of COVID-19 in Kansas. An evaluation and referral from a medical professional is still required to determine if testing is needed.
Any Riley County resident who has at least two of the symptoms below, should contact the Riley County Health Department Screening Hotline at 785-323-6400 to receive guidance and further instructions:
After you are tested for COVID-19:
In almost all situations, quarantine is required for a person waiting for COVID-19 test results. However, since everyone can participate in the free testing events in Riley County, even those who do not have symptoms and have not had known close contact with a positive patient, quarantine is highly recommended instead of required in those circumstances.
“It is a good idea to quarantine anytime you are tested, to avoid spreading or contracting the virus while you wait for results,” said Gibbs.
Some workplaces require that employees stay home and quarantine if they are tested, including the free testing events. A workplace can make that distinction for their employees.
If you are sick or would like information about testing, please call the Riley County Screening Line at 785-323-6400. The Screening Line is staffed by nurses and is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, call 911.