COVID-19 tests increasingly hard to find in Johnson County, frustrating those who feel sick

COVID-19 tests are increasingly difficult to come by in Johnson County and the greater Kansas City region. Meanwhile, new cases are hitting all-time highs with the spread of Omicron, and more people are in quarantine and isolation. Above, residents get tested at the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment's weekly testing clinic Wednesday.

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find a COVID-19 test in Johnson County, even for residents showing symptoms.

Lenexa resident Kristi Fender and her 19-year-old stepson both developed a bad cough and felt achey and fatigued. She scoured the internet, looking for COVID-19 tests for him so he could get back to work. But nothing was available for at least a week, she said.

Some urgent care websites have said they take walk-in appointments, but when they went, she said, they found they had to wait for at least a week to get tested.