Health department announces free COVID-19 testing at Anderson location ends Friday

(Infographic by Julie Freijat | Collegian Media Group)

In the latest COVID-19 update release from the Riley County Health Department on April 27, Local Health Officer Julie Gibbs said free testing from the RADxUp team would not be available after Friday. However, other means of testing will still be available in the community.

“Several pharmacies, urgent care centers, and most doctor’s offices will continue to offer testing,” Gibbs said in the release. “You can also pick up free, at-home test kits at the health department, the public library and the Leonardville City Offices. Demand continues to decrease, but testing options will remain available in the community.”

RCHD also reported an additional COVID-19-related death. The death of the unvaccinated, 74-year-old male brings the county total to 81 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Ascension Via Christi has one COVID-19 hospitalization, according to the RCHD report. The patient is fully vaccinated and boosted.

The Kansas State campus experienced an increase in positive COVID-19 cases. In its most recent report, Lafene also identified 13 new positive cases, raising the positivity rate from 3.88 percent to 12.75 percent for the week of April 18-22. However, the number of tests administered during that time decreased from 111 to 102.

The health department continues providing COVID-19 vaccinations with or without an appointment. Walk-in vaccinations are available at 2030 Tecumseh Road from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday-Wednesday, noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday. Individuals can schedule appointments by calling (785) 565-6560. However, COVID-19 testing is no longer available at the location.