Governor launches new COVID-19 public health campaign, website that lists free testing sites

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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly gave updates related to COVID-19 in the state of Kansas during a news conference Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan.

Gov. Laura Kelly launched a new COVID-19 public health campaign and testing website on Thursday, according to a news release from her office. 

The campaign, called “Stop the Spread. It’s Up to Us, Kansas,” will share the importance of getting tested, wearing masks and social distancing this holiday season to stop further spread of COVID-19. It will run on television, radio, social media, print, outdoor and digital advertising throughout December. 

The new testing website, GoGetTested.com/Kansas, will help residents quickly identify free testing locations throughout the state. Though the release said the website currently lists only seven testing site locations, the Journal-World saw only five free testing site locations in Kansas listed as of 3:50 p.m. Thursday. According to the release, more locations will be added to the website on a rolling basis as needed. The closest free testing site to Douglas County is at Hummer Sports Park in Topeka at 2751 SW East Circle Drive. 

“We are at a critical point of time in our fight against COVID-19 and our response requires the most urgent and creative solutions,” Kelly said in the release. “This campaign aims to reach every corner of our state with critical public health messages infused with some humor and holiday spirit to bring a smile and rally our strength.”

The state’s goal is to double the amount of COVID-19 testing by the end of the month. Whereas testing availability previously limited the state’s recommendations on who should be tested for the virus, now “we are encouraging everyone to get tested so we can better control the spread of the virus throughout our communities, which ultimately will help us keep businesses, schools and the economy open,” Kelly said in the release.

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