COVID-19 virus is continuing to spread throughout Lexington, with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department reporting a total of 7,931 cases, and 72 deaths, since March.
“Experts say COVID-19 can be transmitted through air droplets, which can make it easy to spread,” Mayor Linda Gorton said. “It is important to follow the four basic guidelines developed by our public health professionals … wear a mask, wash your hands, stay at least 6 feet from those outside your household, and get tested to know your status.”
Gorton said it’s also important to take precautions concerning the flu we fight every year. “Flu season is near,” Gorton said. “We are concerned about having both of these viruses spreading in the community at the same time. This year it is more important than ever to get a flu shot.”
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department announced a free flu shot event on Saturday, October 3. The drive-thru flu shot clinic is intended for high-risk individuals, 13 years and older. It will take place 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Consolidated Baptist Church, 1625 Russell Cave Road. Those wishing to get their flu shot at this event should register in advance at lfchd.org/drivethru2020.
Flu shots will be available for free all season at the Public Health Clinic, 650 Newtown Pike, starting October 5. Individuals should call 859-288-2444 to make an appointment.
MAYOR’S MOBILE NEIGHBORHOOD TESTING PROGRAM
As for COVID tests, the Mayor’s Mobile Neighborhood Testing Program will return to Valley Park in the Cardinal Valley neighborhood this week. This program provides free public testing in neighborhoods experiencing a disproportionate number of COVID-19 cases. Testing is available without an appointment, with both walk-up and drive-up options.
Testing at Valley Park, 2077 Cambridge Drive, is available from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.., Thursday, September 24, and Friday, September 25; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, September 26.
OTHER TEST SITES
There are additional free public testing locations across Lexington.
Drive-thru testing is available at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, 500 Newtown Pike, through Bluewater Diagnostic Laboratory. Testing is available, without appointment, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Free drive-thru testing also continues, through Bluewater, at Southland Christian Church, 2349 Richmond Road. Testing is available 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary.
Bluewater, which also 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.
Additionally, through a partnership with the University of Kentucky, UK HealthCare and Wild Health, testing is available to the public at 1505 College Way and 1350 Bull Lea Road. These sites are not intended for UK student testing. Free drive-thru testing is available from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., seven days a week. Appointments are required and can be made by visiting lexington.wildhealth.com.
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 private 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.