Kan. Wing Transports
Lab Samples for State
The Kansas Wing is performing critical lab specimen transport for the Kansas Division of Emergency Management (KDEM) as part of
that agency’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At KDEM’s request, the wing made additional resources – including vehicles and aircraft – and members available as part of the transport mission, including vehicles and aircraft.
“For several years now, our volunteers have transported blood for the American Red Cross, and we welcome this new opportunity to serve as our state responds to this health crisis,” said Col. Linette Lahan, Kansas Wing commander.
Wing members reported to the state’s Emergency Operations Center on March 13 to augment logistics and planning staff. As of March 20, the wing has supported the state's response to COVID-19 by transporting critical lab specimens from rural and remote areas to KDEM’s laboratory in Topeka.
To be effective, the specimens must be delivered to the lab within 48 hours, as the tests are only viable for 72 hours.