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County health department takes mobile unit on the road
Testing dates set for Hoisington
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Barton County Health Director Karen Winkleman visits with a Hoisington resident Thursday morning outside the county’s mobile testing unit.

HOISINGTON — The Barton County Health Department took its new public health mobile unit to Hoisington this week in order to provide symptomatic residents there an opportunity to get tested for COVID-19. The decision to make this maiden voyage came as Hoisington has seen a sharp uptick in positive cases of the novel coronavirus in recent weeks. 

Wednesday evening, the re-purposed travel trailer outfitted with equipment and supplies that public health staff need to conduct the testing was dropped off at the American Family Insurance parking lot at 302 N. Main Street in Hoisington. Testing was conducted from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday morning. There is no charge for this service. 

Barton County Health Director Karen Winkleman told the Great Bend Tribune there were several residents who arrived early for their tests, which were administered as they remained in their vehicles. Most, she said, had pre-registered, but some had not and staff were able to complete their registration on-site and test them as well. 

The tests will be sent to the Kansas Health and Environmental Lab, with results expected within 72 hours. 

“We have staff working Saturday and Sunday now, so even if we get results back over the weekend, we will call and let them know the results,” she said. 

Those receiving tests are asked to stay home until they receive their results, and in the event of a positive case, health department staff will answer questions patients may have. 

The mobile testing unit is scheduled to return to Hoisington next week on Thursday, August 20 from 9 a.m. to noon as well. To make an appointment and to provide information so that paperwork can be completed prior to arrival, individuals experiencing symptoms should call the Barton County Health Department at 620-793-1902. 

Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 can include but are not limited to:




Sore throat

Cough shortness of breath

Difficulty breathing

New olfactory and taste disorders

Nausea or vomiting