While you will find more detail in the COVID-19 Mitigation Plan for Staff and in this FAQ, below provides an overview of the testing protocol for employees.

Early detection of infected employees is critical to preventing widespread infection. Until a sufficient number of employees are vaccinated, or the threat of an outbreak is otherwise mitigated, employees should conduct regular COVID-19 testing.

 

Employees are considered fully vaccinated when:

 

Two weeks have passed since receiving the second dose of a dual-dose vaccination or one dose of a single-dose vaccination.

You have uploaded a copy of your vaccination record into Oracle following these instructions.

 

Employees who are not fully vaccinated or who are fully vaccinated but have an approved accommodation exempting them from the mask mandate:

 

Testing Intervals:

Because they provide services requiring close interaction with clients, and because of interaction between staff who provide such services and those who do not, all employees in the following departments who are not fully vaccinated, or are fully vaccinated but have an approved accommodation exempting them from the mask mandate, are subject to tests up to twice weekly: Aging and Human Services, Corrections, Emergency Services, Health and Environment, Mental Health, and Developmental Supports. Employees of all other departments are subject to weekly testing. Testing frequency will be determined by and may be modified by the department director in consultation with the Director of DHE.

In addition to the regular testing schedule, the county may require COVID-19 tests for employees who have been exposed to the virus or who are symptomatic.

 

Testing Schedules and Protocol:

Testing will be conducted pursuant to schedules and a protocol established by the Department of Human Resources (HRD) in conjunction with DHE and the various county departments. HRD will have primary responsibility for the testing program.

 

Do I get tested on a certain day?

The Department of Human Resources (HRD) and DHE worked together on the testing schedule and protocol for your department, agency, or office. For more information, download our Testing Logistics spreadsheet

 

Type of Test:

The tests kits are provided by Clinical Reference Laboratory (CRL) in Lenexa and will be distributed to departments by HRD. The test does not typically involve a nasal swab. Instead, the employee’s saliva will be collected and tested. Employees will self-administer the test, which involves collecting their own saliva into a test tube. They will return the test kit to a designated location to be delivered back to CRL, which will conduct the tests. Distribution and collection of test kits will be in accordance with the COVID-19 Testing Protocol. Nasal swab tests will be required for individuals for whom a saliva test is ineffective.

 

Costs:

All CRL test kits will be provided free of charge to employees, and the testing will be free of charge as well.

 

Are there instructions on how to complete the test?

Yes, each self-collection testing kit comes with instructions for registering your test, preparing for it, collecting a sample, labeling the collection device and packaging your sample. You will then drop it off at the designated site for your work location. You can also watch this short video that describes the test and the steps to successfully complete it.

 

What happens if I forget to register my kit?

If you legibly wrote your full name on the barcode label, CRL will notify Human Resources and we will reach out to you to register your kit.

 

What happens if I am out on a day I am scheduled to test?

You will need to complete the test on the day you return to a worksite, even if it is not a testing date for your location. Please work with your supervisor to determine the best method for handling the completed sample. If you will be out for an entire week, you should email [email protected].

 

Can I get my own results?

Yes, you will be notified of your test result by text or voice message. You may also access your results at crlclear.com by clicking on the results icon at the top of the page and following the instructions.

 

Reporting Test Results:

CRL will report results to the employee through a portal, to HRD, and to DHE. CRL will not report results to the employee’s department. Employees who test positive will be required to isolate. HRD staff will contact those with a positive result to confirm that they are not in the workplace and to investigate potential exposure of coworkers and others. HRD staff will notify those who been exposed to an employee who has tested positive but will not identify that employee by name. Those exposed will be required to quarantine according to CDC guidance.

 

Voluntary Tests:

Those employees who are not required to test may do so voluntarily on the scheduled days for their department.

 

Maintenance of Test Results:

Test results will be maintained in HRD as confidential medical records.

 

What happens if I test positive?

Employees who test positive will be required to isolate. HRD staff will contact those with a positive result to confirm that they are not in the workplace and to investigate potential exposure of co-workers and others. HRD staff will notify those who been exposed to an employee who has tested positive but will not identify that employee by name. Those exposed will be required to quarantine according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.

 

Employees who are fully vaccinated, but who would like to get a test:

 

I have uploaded into Oracle proof that I am fully vaccinated but am interested in participating in this weekly testing. Am I eligible?

Yes, employees who are not required to test may do so voluntarily on the scheduled days for their Department, agency, or office. There will be no charge for employees who test voluntarily. If you are interested, please email [email protected].

The same testing process as shared above applies for those who are fully vaccinated and wish to get a test.