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COVID-19 Testing

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus, you may need to receive a COVID-19 test. Your provider will evaluate your concerns and determine whether a COVID-19 test is appropriate.

We perform tests by appointment only. We do not offer walk-ins for this type of test. To schedule:

COVID-19 test locations

We offer 2 testing locations for patients whose healthcare provider has recommended it and for non-patients who have COVID-19 symptoms. To schedule, call 913-588-1600.

The testing location at Indian Creek Campus offers drive-through COVID-19 test appointments. Our team will come out to you. Please remain in your vehicle. Our team members collect the sample using a nasal swab. They will wear all the necessary personal protective equipment. When you arrive, follow the cones to park. Then call the posted phone number from your vehicle to check in.

The testing location in the Medical Pavilion on our main campus offers in-person COVID-19 test appointments. Patients must adhere to all safety policies. Be sure to wear a mask and physically distance. We recommend you park in P2 across the street from the Medical Pavilion. You will check in at Level 1, Suite D.

You should visit only your scheduled location. Bring a photo ID. Patients younger than 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Our 2 COVID-19 testing locations

Receiving your COVID-19 test results

Our team will do everything possible to provide your test results within 48 hours. We will contact you by phone or through MyChart when your results are available. MyChart is the fastest way to receive your results. If you do not have a MyChart patient portal account, sign up now.

It is important to isolate at home while waiting for your test results. Until you have them, please behave as though you tested positive in order to contain the spread of the virus and protect those around you.

Other COVID-19 testing locations

COVID-19 testing FAQ

  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus, you may need to receive a COVID-19 test. Your provider will evaluate your concerns and determine whether a COVID-19 test is appropriate.

    If you are not yet a health system patient, call 913-588-1600 to schedule an appointment.

  • We expect your insurance company will fully cover COVID-19 testing when medically necessary and ordered by a physician and that you will incur no out-of-pocket expense. If you do not have insurance, we will work to recover your cost from the federally available funding specifically set up for COVID-19 testing and treatment.

    If you do receive a balance due from your COVID-19 testing or treatment, call our business office as soon as possible. Call 913-588-5820 or 877-287-9268 Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. You may also ask questions via MyChart through the Ask a Question/Customer Service Question function.

  • Yes. During a PCR test, the clinician will swab the back of your nasal passage. Having recently eaten will not prevent testing.

  • It is extremely important that you quarantine between getting tested and learning your test results. Please stay at home, wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, clean high-touch surfaces and maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others.

    If you are being tested in preparation for a scheduled surgery or procedure, you should remain in quarantine until you receive that care.

  • We will contact you by phone or through MyChart when your test results are available. MyChart is the fastest way to receive your results. If you do not have a MyChart account, sign up now.

    If you receive a positive test result before a planned surgery or procedure, contact your care team. You may or may not be able to have surgery, and we’ll guide you through appropriate care. If your test result is negative, we will share next steps in MyChart.

  • Isolate yourself at home and call your primary care provider. If you do not have a primary care provider, you can find a doctor at The University of Kansas Health System. Call 913-588-1227 for assistance. You can also schedule an urgent care video visit on MyChart to connect with a health system doctor from the comfort of your home.

  • If you need to make changes to your swab test appointment, contact the care team that scheduled the appointment for you. Your care team may also assist with testing accommodations, such as arrangements for those without a cell phone or with hearing impairment.

    If your COVID-19 test is scheduled in preparation for surgery, be aware that changes to your test date may delay your surgery. Many surgical specialists order COVID-19 testing to occur 48-72 hours prior to a procedure, surgery or planned labor and delivery. If you change your procedure date, please change your COVID-19 test appointment as well.

  • Follow these recommended guidelines:

    • Wash hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Wear a mask when you are away from home.
    • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces regularly.
    • Practice physical distancing and stay home when sick.
  • A COVID-19 antibody test looks for the presence of antibodies that may indicate a person was at some point infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. To discuss options for antibody testing, contact your primary care provider.

Self-testing for COVID-19 infection

There are different types of at-home COVID-19 tests – molecular tests and antigen tests.

Molecular and antigen tests are diagnostic tests that can detect if you have an active COVID-19 infection and need to isolate yourself from others. If you have recently been exposed to someone with COVD-19 and have no symptoms, you may consider taking 1 of these self-tests. Keep in mind no COVID-19 test is reliable until 2 to 14 days after your exposure, as it takes time for the virus to build up in your body.

Samples for the molecular and antigen at-home tests are collected with a nasal or throat swab or saliva by spitting into a tube. While we do not recommend saliva sampling for individual self-testing, there are advantages to saliva sampling for large-scale screening.

Molecular tests detect genetic material from the virus whereas antigen tests detect the presence of a specific viral antigen. Antigen tests are commonly used in the diagnosis of respiratory infections that can lead to illness, including influenza viruses and respiratory syncytial virus.

These tests can be performed in a laboratory, at a testing site, at home or anywhere else.

Do-it-yourself testing

  • Perform self-tests at home or anywhere.
  • Read and follow all instructions for performing the test.
  • Anyone who is symptomatic, regardless of their vaccination status, can use self-tests.
  • If you are unvaccinated, you can use self-tests, especially if you were exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • If you test positive, you should isolate and inform any close contacts. If you develop symptoms or symptoms worsen, see a healthcare provider for a PCR test and treatment, if needed.

If you need a COVID-19 test and can’t get to your healthcare provider, you can use a self-test. Self-tests are available over the counter at pharmacies or retail stores. They are used to detect current infection. The FDA provides information on which self-tests are authorized for use.

Before using the test, carefully read the manufacturer’s instructions. If you have questions about the test or your results, talk to your healthcare provider.

Collecting a specimen

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully to collect your own nasal or saliva specimen.
  • If you don’t collect the specimens as directed, your test results may be incorrect.
  • After you’ve collected the specimen, send it to a testing facility or use it to complete the self-test.

Performing the test

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions exactly and perform the steps in the order they are listed.

  • Store all test components according to the manufacturer’s instructions until ready for use.
  • Don’t use expired tests or test components that are damaged or appear discolored.
  • Disinfect the surface where you will do the test.
  • Don’t open test devices or test components until you are ready to begin.
  • Read and record test results within the amount of time specified in the manufacturer’s instructions. A result read before or after the specified timeframe may be incorrect.
  • Don’t reuse test devices or other components.
  • Once you have the results, discard the specimen collection swab and test kit, clean all surfaces and wash your hands.

Positive result

Tell your healthcare provider about your positive test result and discuss with him/her steps you should take to ensure the health and safety of you and your family. To avoid spreading the virus to others, follow CDC guidelines.

Negative result

A negative test result means the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in your specimen. If you took the test while you had symptoms and followed all instructions carefully, a negative result means your current illness is probably not COVID-19.

Invalid or error result

Sometimes test results are inconclusive or not clear, so you won’t know if your results are positive or negative. If the display on the self-test shows an invalid result or a test error, the test did not work properly. When this happens, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions and contact the manufacturer for assistance.

Reporting results

If your test result is positive, give your results to your healthcare provider or to your local or state health department. Some self-tests have an app that will automatically report your results to the appropriate public health authorities.

Care after your COVID-19 test

Now is an important time to communicate with your healthcare team. If you have a primary care physician or a specialist managing your care, notify them of your COVID-19 test results to receive additional instructions. If you do not have a primary care provider, we can help. You are strongly encouraged to begin and maintain care with a primary care physician if you have any of the following conditions and are being tested for COVID-19:

COVID-19 testing to prepare for surgery

Your provider may require you to be tested for COVID-19 in advance of a scheduled surgery or procedure. Knowing your coronavirus or COVID-19 status is important to you and your care team. Although you may not have any symptoms, travel or exposure related to routine COVID-19 screening, your status affects how your healthcare team will plan for your procedure and hospital stay.

Your surgical specialists will refer you for COVID-19 testing 48-72 hours prior to a procedure, operation or planned labor and delivery.

Should you begin to experience symptoms, travel or be exposed to a COVID-19-positive person, immediately contact your care team. Your screening guidance may change.

Patients should quarantine after testing and until their procedure.

Emergency COVID-19 care

COVID-19 symptoms should be monitored carefully. If you experience any of the following, you should call 911 or visit the nearest emergency department for immediate medical attention.

  • Blue lips or face
  • Confusion or inability to be roused
  • Coughing up blood
  • Extreme difficulty breathing, including the inability to speak a full sentence
  • Seizure
  • Severe or constant chest pain/pressure
  • Slurred speech
  • Temperature ≥ 103.0 F
  • Too weak to stand

If you require healthcare of any kind while awaiting your COVID-19 test results, wear a mask during all interactions and alert your providers to your status immediately.

If you think you have COVID-19, call your primary care provider or set up an urgent care video visit.

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