WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita State University’s Molecular Diagnostics Lab (MDL) is partnering with the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka to help keep the state going during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning in January, the MDL began processing thousands of tests per week for those working and visiting the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka – including lawmakers, employees, the media, lobbyists, or conference attendees.

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“I am excited and grateful for the Molecular Diagnostics Lab at the National Institute for Digital Transformation at WSU, which is offering testing during this term to keep our community healthy while we conduct the Kansans business,” said Ty Masterson, president of the Senate of Kansas.

The MDL has worked with and trained more than 500 organizations, schools, healthcare facilities and companies across the region to collect COVID-19 samples for PCR testing at the MDL. Test results are usually available within 24 hours and allow for quick and accurate quarantine and treatment for those who test positive.

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Since testing began in November, the MDL has been a powerful weapon against COVID-19. The laboratory’s extensive functions and fast turnaround helped reduce the spread of the virus.

“The Molecular Diagnostics Lab in Wichita State is the latest example of how the National Institute for Digital Transformation can leverage our educational and research capabilities and augment them with cutting edge technology to meet, and in some way, a critical need in our community doing this enables amazing opportunities for our students and faculty, “said Zach Gearhart, director of government relations for Wichita State.