COVID-19 testing available across City, UK

Free COVID-19 testing continues to increase across Lexington, Mayor Linda Gorton said today.

COVID-19 tests for the general public will be available at The Learning Center this week and next week. In addition, Governor Andy Beshear has announced two new testing sites in collaboration with University of Kentucky.

The Mayor’s Mobile Neighborhood Testing Program will be located at The Learning Center, 475 Price Road both this week and next. “The Mayor’s Mobile Neighborhood Testing Program has been very successful in reaching people in neighborhoods where we are seeing a disproportionate numbers of cases,” Gorton said. Over 8,000 tests have been administered in the 22 days mobile testing sites have been active.

Those wishing to be tested at The Learning Center should enter at 475 Price Road. Testing is available from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday, August 20; Noon-8 p.m., Friday, August 21; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, August 22. No appointment is necessary.

Soon, testing will also available, in partnership with the University of Kentucky, UK HealthCare and Wild Health, at two new locations: 1505 College Way and 1350 Bull Lea Road. Free drive-through testing will be available to the public from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., seven days a week, beginning Monday, August 24.  Appointments are required and can be made by visiting lexington.wildhealth.

Testing is also available at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, 500 Newtown Pike, through Kroger Health. Testing is be available from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. Testing is available for anyone, 18 years or older, and an appointment is required. Appointments can be made by visiting thelittleclinic.com/drivethru-testing. This location will be open this week and next week.

Bluewater Diagnostic Laboratory, which administers testing at Mayor’s Mobile Neighborhood Testing Program locations, is offering tests at no cost to the patient. Health insurance information may be requested, but is not required, to receive testing. Tests are available to anyone. Results are generally available in 48-72 hours.

Free testing also continues at Consolidated Baptist Church and Southland Christian Church, both Bluewater sites.

Drive-up and walk-up testing is available at Consolidated Baptist Church, 1625 Russell Cave Road. Testing is available 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. No appointment is necessary, and testing is available for anyone.

Drive-thru testing is available at Southland Christian Church, 2349 Richmond Road. Testing is available 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary.

Drive-thru testing is also available seven days a week at the Walgreen’s testing location at 2296 Executive Drive (the corner of Winchester Road and Executive Drive). Tests will continue while test kits are available. Online registration is required at walgreens.com/coronavirus.

Finally, most healthcare providers are offering testing options for their patients. Urgent Care Centers are also offering COVID-19 testing.

For information on more testing sites go to: lexingtonky.gov/COVID-19.

Bluewater Diagnostic Laboratory has been recognized by the state of Kentucky for expanding the state’s COVID-19 testing capacity. Based in Mount Washington, KY, they are committed to be an industry leader in cutting-edge instrumentation and testing methodologies.

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