COVID-19 Testing Update

COVID-19 Testing Update

Due to wide-scale shortages of laboratory supplies and reagents, testing for COVID-19 at the state lab is being prioritized for public health purposes and urgent need. KDHE will be prioritizing specimens for COVID-19 testing based upon those who meet Kansas’ patient under investigation (PUI) criteria starting March 23.

• Healthcare workers and first responders who have COVID-19 symptoms

• Potential clusters of unknown respiratory illness, with priority given to long-term care facilities and healthcare facilities

• Hospitalized patients with no alternative diagnosis

• Individuals over the age of 60 who have symptoms of COVID-19 with priority given to people who reside in a nursing home, long-term care facility, or other congregate setting, and

• Individuals with underlying health conditions that would be treated differently if they were infected with COVID-19.

CALL your Primary Care Physician (PCP) or local Health Department at (620) 672-4135 for further instruction. Again, please CALL first, do not report there in person unless specifically directed to do so.

There is currently no treatment available for positive cases of COVID-19, therefore, home isolation for 14 days is the best practice for preventing the spread of disease.

We appreciate everyone’s cooperation during this time.

Pratt County Health Department                                     Pratt Regional Medical Center 
Darcie Van Der Vyver, RN, Administrator                      Aaron Zook, M.D., Chief of Medical Staff
W. Gene Cannata, MD, Pratt County Health Officer