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Johnson County Free COVID-19 Testing For Residents To Commence This Week

COVID-19 testing is the way to go for regions that want to try and control the spread of the pandemic. The only problem is that actual tests cost money and agencies can only do so much to provide free testing. Regardless, breaking the ice and offering free COVID-19 testing to a select number of people is better than doing nothing at all.

Over in Johnson County, anyone aged 18 years old and older who lives and works in the area can avail of free COVID-19 testing starting Friday. This was announced by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) to determine individuals positive for the coronavirus and isolating them to avoid further spread of the infection, KMBC reported.

“We are pleased to expand testing to those who work in Johnson County,” JCDHE said in a news release. “If we can find and isolate those positive cases now, we can avoid further spread of infection in our workplaces and keep people working.”

According to the JDCHE, the tests will be conducted starting at 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. or until the supplies last at the College Boulevard Activity Center. This is located at 11031 S. Valley Road in Olathe. This will be a drive-thru testing clinic that will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  People who are planning to undergo testing may need to bring their driver's license although this is reportedly not required. Expecting a large influx of locals, volunteers and two extra stations have been added. There will be six stations in all.

People who may be kept in waiting are advised to stay in their cars before it is their turn to get tested. The test that will be administered will be through swabbing to take samples from inside an individual's nose. No pets will be allowed at the testing site. Also, it would be best for car owners to make sure that they have a full tank of gas and an empty bladder since there will be no bathroom facilities in the area. More information can be found here.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Test Kit A medical staff displays a test kit to detect the novel coronavirus at a COVID-19 screening-drive, at the Amsterdam UMC in Amsterdam The Netherlands, on March 24, 2020. ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

The testing set for Friday will be the sixth community-based event for  Johnson County. Last May 29, 953 people were tested. There were nine who tested positive for COVID-19 and one inconclusive.

“The data from these testing clinics are trending in the right direction, but the virus is still out there,” Sanmi Areola, director of the department

, said. “It’s important that everyone continues to stay 6-feet from others, wear a mask in public and avoid large crowds.”