Coping with COVID: Kansas Issues COVID-19 Test Requirement for Adult-Care Facilities

Following the expiration of the state’s disaster declaration, a new health order in Kansas now requires adult-care facilities test staff and patients for COVID-19. The new order took effect Friday and applies to state-licensed facilities.

Kansas adult-care facilities now are required to test staff and patients for COVID-19.

Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday directed Dr. Lee Norman, Kansas Department of Health and Environment secretary, to issue a health order for the testing.

“We have a responsibility to protect Kansans most vulnerable to COVID-19 – and that includes those working and living in adult-care homes, which have been some of the hardest-hit populations,” Kelly said in a news release. “While we work to get Kansans vaccinated – we’ll continue to take these commonsense measures to keep our communities safe and healthy.”

Under the order, staff members at the facilities will not be required to be tested.

Visitation policies are not affected, according to the state’s release.


Published June 2021