A ribbon-cutting marked the opening of Wichita State’s Molecular Diagnostics Lab (MDL), the first and only high-volume COVID-19 test lab in Wichita and the region.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, who spoke at the event, said, “With a coordinated strategy, we can identify hotspots before they spread out of control and make sure that Kansans can take proper safety precautions or avoid locations where the virus is present. We can help provide certainty that our schools and our businesses can stay open safely.”

At full capacity, MDL can test up to 32,000 specimens per week with a 24-hour turnaround on results, allowing for precise quarantining and treatment for those infected.