Kansas State University is now able to test K-State students, faculty and staff for coronavirus.
It’s not all inclusive though, and is only for those needing testing because they are ill and have COVID-19 symptoms or because they have been exposed to someone with the virus. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has asked K-State to ramp up human testing and researchers are increasing their testing capacity.
Testing is available at Lafene, then testing samples are sent to K-State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for analysis. The laboratory has moved personnel, molecular equipment and computers into the Biosecurity Research Institute to conduct the analysis.
Testing is on a case-by-case basis and only available for K-State students, faculty and staff. Prior to visiting Lafene, it’s advised they call their primary care physician. The testing schedule is set up for 12 hours per day, which will allow for about 270 tests to be conducted each day. Wide-scale testing is not currently available at the university, but researchers are working through logistics to make the testing available community wide at some point.