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With the increased presence of the Delta variant in the region, local health departments, providers and community groups are continuing to hold free COVID-19 vaccine and testing clinics. The emergence of the Delta variant poses a dangerous risk to communities across Kansas.

The events listed below are part of a sustained effort to mobilize Kansans to get vaccinated and/or tested to stop the spread of COVID-19 to protect themselves and loved ones. Free testing is available to everyone in Kansas, regardless of vaccination status and even if you have been tested before. According to the Center for Disease Control, the Delta variant is twice as infectous as the B.117 variant which was previously the dominant strain. The new variant appears to be spreading most quickly in communities that have the lowest vaccination rates. Over the last few weeks, nearly all patients who died of COVID-19 were unvaccinated. It’s essential for Kansans to stay safe by continuing to social distance and wear masks while around unvaccinated people and get tested if you have symptoms or have possibly been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

The Atchison Family YMCA/Cray Community Center is happy to announce a partnership with KDHE as a COVID-19 test distribution site. Scheduled distribution of an oral saliva collection kit are as follows:

3- 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, Community Room entrance, 321 Commercial Street, enter through southwest door facing front of YMCA building.

9 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, Aug. 10, Community Room entrance, 321 Commercial Street, the southwest door at front of YMCA building.

3-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, YMCA/Cray Community Center, 321 Commercial Street, Community Room entrance, southwest door facing front of YMCA building.

For more information contact: Jennifer Kiehl, Program Director II, Atchison Family YMCA/ Cray Community Center, 913-367-4948, jenniferkiehl@kansascityymca.org.

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