The Miami County Health Department announced Thursday, May 7, that all 27 COVID-19 tests taken during a drive-thru clinic Tuesday, May 5, at the Miami County Fairgrounds in Paola have come back negative.

The 27 people tested for the virus all volunteered to do so after indicating on a recent survey that they currently are symptomatic. The tests were sent to Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratories for evaluation, and the health department posted the results Thursday on its Facebook page.

“We are currently discussing ways to offer additional testing clinics,” the health department stated in the post. “In the interim, if you are currently symptomatic, please reach out to your healthcare provider to determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19.”

The health department recently pushed out a survey asking county residents if they are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, and if so, would they be willing to participate in a free drive-thru community testing clinic.

A total of 4,120 people completed the survey, and 156 indicated they were currently symptomatic. Of those, 27 people said they were interested in being tested and provided demographic and contact information to schedule themselves for the drive-thru testing clinic, according to a release from the county health department.

The Miami County Health Department received assistance from Olathe Health, Paola Police Department, Miami County Sheriff’s Office and Miami County Emergency Management in coordinating the May 5 event.

There have been six confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Miami County, and the only active case, a resident in their 80s at North Point Skilled Nursing in Paola, was announced Friday, May 8, by the health department.

All five of the individuals involved in previous cases have recovered, according to the health department.

A total of 352 Miami County residents have been tested for the virus.

Kansas has 7,116 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) that have resulted in 660 hospitalizations and 158 deaths as of 9 a.m. Monday, May 11, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). Kansas has recorded 46,993 negative tests.

Ford County has the most cases at 1,135, followed by Wyandotte County, 1,095; Leavenworth County, 939; Finney County, 905; Seward County, 693; Johnson County, 611; Sedgwick County, 451; Lyon County, 334; and Shawnee County, 165.

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