K-State to offer free asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for students

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The free testing will be offered by appointment only at Lafene Health Center beginning Monday, Oct. 5. (KMAN Photo)

Kansas State University will begin offering all enrolled students free asymptomatic testing for COVID-19 on a voluntary basis at on Oct. 5.

Testing will be offered by appointment only Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Lafene Health Center.

Participants will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win either a $500 scholarship, 30-minute massage at Lafene Health Center, or other prizes.

Each test will consist of a 10-second nasal swab that students must perform on themselves. Results will be delivered through the myLafene+ patient portal or via a phone call for a positive test result.

According to a release from the K-State Division of Communications and Marketing, the nasal swab is more comfortable and does not go into the nose as deeply as some other COVID-19 tests.

Students can take one asymptomatic test every two weeks and should not take one for the rest of the semester if they test positive.

Through this initiative, K-State hopes to better track the extent of positive cases in the area.

To schedule an appointment, visit the myLafene+ patient portal.

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