WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -- When you think of the work that a Chamber of Commerce does in a community, being a COVID-19 testing site isn't usually top of the list.

But that is exactly what the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce is doing for its members by partnering with Wichita State's MDL.

Chamber CEO John Rolfe says "Over the last several months, we felt it was important to be a resource to our, members and the business community to do to have a testing site." Rolfe adds that their testing option has seen an uptick in use by the chamber's members over the last few weeks as the larger community sites see long wait times to get in.

"We want to certainly be a part of the community and help get this pandemic behind us and also be that business resource in the community, and certainly to our members."

Encouraging local businesses and organizations to test their own workers is something the county discussed during the Wednesday's county commission meeting as a way cut to help down wait times and spread out the demand it's seen for testing this week.

"Some of the testing options do not require any medical personnel that they could do right there on site" says county health director Adrienne Byrne.

Byrne says they have done their best to keep up with demand even as the testing site has been short staffed because of people calling out sick and "For the most part, have not had to turn anybody away."

She adds as this variant continues to spread, increasing testing will be a big help in keeping people healthy. "Testing is really important to know where people are, especially when there's so many people unvaccinated."

To sign up to be a testing site with the KDHE, visit here.

To partner with the MDL, visit here.