Johnson County residents who are experiencing coronavirus symptoms can schedule a free COVID-19 test at the Department of Health and Environment's Olathe location. Residents should seek testing from their primary health care provider first before making an appointment. Supplies and appointment times are limited.
In addition, JCDHE periodically offers drive-through testing for asymptotic and symptomatic Johnson County residents. We’ll announce future opportunities on jocogov.org as they’re scheduled.
JCDHE staff will be responsible for collecting the specimen samples and information (name, DOB, address, gender, occupation, race/ethnicity, and information about symptoms) from the individuals being tested. Johnson County is entering into a contract(s) with laboratories to provide testing materials, receive samples, analyze specimens and report the results.
Cars will be instructed to keep windows rolled up until they pull up next to a testing station. A team member delivers prelabeled lab form, media and swab to the testing station. Drivers will be instructed to roll down their windows and keep their head inside the car. JCDHE staff will ensure that all infection prevention & control steps are followed including hand hygiene before and after the procedure and before and after the sample collection.
After the specimen is collected, laboratory forms specific to the individual tested will be placed in a plastic biohazard laboratory bag and the specimen will be placed on ice in a cooler. Labels on the specimen itself will be matched to the paperwork to ensure the sample is correctly identified. Samples collected at the drive thru event will be tracked by JCDHE staff and sent via FedEx to the testing laboratory with a shipping manifest of all samples included in the shipment.
Personal Protective Equipment for droplet precautions will be used. For assisting team members: gloves, gown or disposable lab coat, mask with face-shield or eye protection. For testers: gloves, gown or disposable lab coat, mask with face-shield or eye protection.
Turnaround time for results is approximately 5 – 7 days.
If your test comes back positive, JCDHE will call you to begin an investigation, starting with doing contact tracing for those with whom you have come in close contact. If the test is negative, individuals will be mailed their results.
Johnson County Government is covering all costs for the test. The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners authorized $400,000 for COVID-19 testing. This includes supplies such as swabs/tubes, courier pick-up, testing, and result reporting.
There is NO public health recommendation that employees must test negative for COVID-19 before returning to work. At this time, anyone who has been ill can return to work if they meet the following criteria: 10 days since onset of symptoms, 72 hours fever-free (without the use of medicine that reduces fever), and significant improvement in symptoms.
Antibody testing can play a critical role in the fight against COVID-19 by helping healthcare professionals to identify individuals who have overcome an infection in the past and have developed an immune response. Antibody testing will definitely add to our knowledge of how much of our population, with few or no symptoms, has been exposed to COVID-19 when it becomes widely available. It will aid the surveillance efforts put in place after dealing with this initial outbreak.
- In the future, this may potentially be used to help determine, together with other clinical data, that such individuals are no longer susceptible to infection and can return to work.
- In addition, these test results can aid in determining who may donate a part of their blood called convalescent plasma, which may serve as a possible treatment for those who are seriously ill from COVID-19. In prior viral outbreaks like measles, polio, mumps and influenza, the FDA approved convalescent plasma transfusion as a therapeutic treatment. Individuals with high levels of antibodies could donate plasma for transfusions to treat gravely ill patients.
They are not.
- In the early days of an infection when the body’s immune response is still building, antibodies may not be detected, limiting the test’s effectiveness for diagnosing COVID-19. There is also a risk of false positives with antibody testing.