GraceMed is testing for COVID-19 at 1150 N. Broadway, Wichita KS.  Here is the information about the testing process at GraceMed, click the question to see the answers.  For additional information, please visit our Coronavirus Preparedness page.
For testing in McPherson, please contact the McPherson Hospital: (620) 241-2250 , in Topeka please contact Stormont Vail Hospital: (785) 354-6000

Who can be tested?

At this time we are testing anyone who would like to be tested.  Please call for an appointment.  We will ask if you meet any of the criteria below as part of our screening process and to determine your possible exposure.  You will then be assigned a time for you to come to our drive-thru.

  • Have you been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and developed symptoms?  If so, are you now experiencing any of these symptoms:
    1. Fever of more than 100° F
    2. Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    3. Decreased ability to breathe
    4. Chills or shivering
    5. Felt more tired than normal
    6. Muscle aches and pain
    7. Headache
    8. Sore throat
    9. Loss of smell or taste
    10. Congestion or runny nose
    11. Nausea or vomiting
    12. Diarrhea
  • Have you traveled in the last 14 days and now have any the symptoms listed above? 
  • Have you been to a large gathering (i.e. conferences, cruises, concerts) and are now experiencing any of the symptoms listed above?
  • You haven’t been exposed that you know about, but you have some of these symptoms:
    1. Fever of more than 100° F
    2. Chills or Shivering
    3. Muscle aches and pain
    4. Tiredness, more than normal
    5. Headache
    6. Sore throat
    7. Smell or taste disorder that is new
    8. Congestion or runny nose
    9. Diarrhea
    10. Nausea or vomiting
    11. Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has set guidelines for testing.  Call us for a pre-screening to set up your appointment 316.866.2000

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Is there a cost for the COVID-19 test?

The COVID-19 test itself is at no cost to the patient.

  • If you are a documented homeless patient, the cost for the visit and the test is at no cost to you.
  • If you are self-pay, the visit is based on your ability to pay (click here for preliminary information for the sliding fee schedule) with a minimum fee of $25.
    • Special Note: While we have self-pay COVID-19 funds, there will be NO CHARGE to you as a patient.
  • If you are insured, as part of the CARES Act, which requires health insurers to cover all testing costs without imposing any co-pays or deductibles, the visit is at no charge to you.

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Do I need an appointment?

Yes, an appointment is required. Please call 316.866.2000 and a nurse can evaluate you over the phone and set up an appointment for you.

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What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring a photo ID with you, along with proof of address.

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Where do I go for testing?

Our drive-thru testing is set up on the north side of our administration building at 1150 N. Broadway, the corner of 11th and Broadway. We have cones set up to direct you through the process.

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What is the testing process?

The COVID-19 test is a nasal swab.  A  sterile swab, like a long, very thin straw, at the back of your nasal passage for several seconds. It’s a little bit uncomfortable but you can still breathe and talk. After a sample is collected, the swab goes into a liquid-filled tube for transport to the testing lab. 

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How long does the drive-thru testing process take?

The collection itself takes several seconds. The entire encounter, including check-in and completing paperwork, may take as long as 30 minutes.

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When will I know the results?

We expect to learn results in three to eight days. It all depends on the volume and capacity of the testing labs.

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How will I know the results?

We will contact you to let you know if you are positive or negative.

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What happens if I am positive?

We will contact you and talk with you about your specific situation. Most people who catch the virus can stay home and recover on their own with plenty of liquids and rest. We will also notify the KDHE. Please read the CDC information on what to do if you are sick.

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If I am positive, what happens to my family and household?

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 is encouraged to isolate as much as possible from other people. If you have a positive result, you will have to continue the isolation. We will recommend that your family members monitor themselves for symptoms.

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What happens if I am negative?

If you are negative, you probably were not infected at the time your specimen was collected. But, a negative test result does not rule out getting sick later.

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What happens if I am negative but still feel bad – can I be retested?

It is possible that you were very early in your infection at the time of your specimen collection. If your symptoms worsen, you should contact your provider, who will determine if you meet the criteria for another test.

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What if I don’t have insurance?

We provide testing regardless of if you have insurance or not.

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What if I am not a patient of GraceMed?

You don’t have to be a GraceMed patient to be tested, simply call 316.866.2000 for pre-screening and an appointment.

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Where do we send our patients who test positive?

Most patients with COVID-19 can be cared for at home. We provide education to help patients manage their symptoms and reduce the spread to others. All patients are educated about warning signs that indicate they should go to the emergency room.

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Is GraceMed required to report all results?

Yes, we report results to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)

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