Kansas provides free COVID-19 testing for summer camps
Kansas provides free COVID-19 testing for summer camps

Kansas provides free COVID-19 testing for summer camps

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – It’s almost time for kids across the Sunflower State to go summer camp.

This year, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has a plan to keep campers as safe as possible when it comes to COVID-19.

KDHE announced that it would continue to offer free COVID-19 testing to summer camps for the entire summer season.

“COVID-19 testing is a key strategy that summer camps can use to identify early cases and prevent transmission in the camp environment,” KDHE said when announcing the program extension.

Camps have the option of using over-the-counter tests, offering tests on camps or a mixture of the two for both screening tests and diagnostic tests.

If a camp decides to implement screening tests, KDHE will provide two over-the-counter self-tests for campers and staff. The tests were to be administered 48 and 24 hours before the camp began.

Camps may also decide to test campers and staff when they arrive if they so choose. Routine screening tests will then take place every other day while the camp is in progress.

Diagnostic tests will also be given to anyone who experiences symptoms during camp.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment publishes a weekly COVID-19 overview. It is updated once a week on Friday at 12.30 if you want to track COVID-19 cases throughout the state.

According to the latest figures, the counties of Johnson, Douglas and Franklin are the only ones in the state that are considered to have a high transmission rate.

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