New COVID-19 tests in Kansas dip to lowest levels in months, data shows

Andrew Bahl
Topeka Capital-Journal
The rate of new tests for COVID-19 have dropped considerably in Kansas in recent weeks. The dip comes as vaccinations increase across the state and case counts continue to remain relatively modest.

The weekly average of COVID-19 tests in Kansas has dipped to its lowest level in roughly a year, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The seven-day rolling average of new COVID-19 tests is 1,383 for the week ending Monday, the figures show. That is the lowest the number has been May, 2020.

This is consistent with other metrics showing far fewer Kansans are being tested for COVID-19.

The state is running 1,142 tests per 100,000 residents — about half the national average, according to the most recent state-level report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

And the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports that testing has dropped steadily after peaking in November, with over 190,000 new people getting tested. The state's test positivity rate is at 2.8% for May, according to KDHE, tied with March for the lowest mark since the pandemic began.

The dip in testing is not a surprise, as vaccines continue to roll out across the Kansas and many local governments and private businesses begin to dispense with virus mitigation requirements, such as mask mandates.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that about 46% of Kansans have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with the state ranking 27th nationally. That number rises to 59% when considering just adults 18 and older.

KDHE reported an increase of 277 COVID-19 cases since Friday, as well as an increase of one death and 33 new hospitalizations.