Kansas Department of Health & Environment has guidance and free testing available to any and all summer camps taking place in Kansas. The state has a supply of rapid, 15-minute antigen tests that can be deployed and used on-site at any camp, regardless of the type of camp. These tests can be used to screen all campers and staff at the beginning of camp, and throughout camp, but can also be used as a diagnostic test for campers and staff who become symptomatic during the camp for quick isolation of positive cases and reducing the number of individuals required to quarantine or otherwise miss camp.
Click here to view a flyer with an overview of what is needed for a camp to obtain these tests. The tests are totally free and Lacey Kennett, Preparedness Public Information Officer, will support and help the individual camps along the way to make it work. The only thing they need from a camp to get started is this simple form from their website returned via email to Lacey.Kennett@ks.gov.
KDHE knows that most people are focused on vaccinations right now, but since most children and teenagers won’t be vaccinated for quite some time, the state is making it a priority to work with camps, summer school, and other places kids and youth with be this summer to keep them as protected as possible.