Shiloh Baptist continues as COVID-19 testing site

Shiloh Baptist Church will continue to serve as the location for the Mayor’s Mobile Neighborhood Testing Program October 1-3 and October 8-10, Mayor Linda Gorton announced today.

“We are so thankful to our community partners, such as Shiloh Baptist Church, who allow us to bring neighborhood-level testing to our City,” Gorton said. “Testing remains a critical component for reducing the spread of COVID-19, and we encourage the public to take advantage of this free program.”

In September, Lexington has had more COVID-19 cases than in any other month. The same is true for COVID-19 related deaths. As of September 30, there have been 2,741 cases of COVID-19 in September, according to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. The one-month total makes up 32% of Fayette County cases since March, when Lexington experienced its first coronavirus cases. Health professionals continue to stress the importance of keeping a 6-foot social distance, wearing a face mask, and washing hands repeatedly.

MAYOR’S  MOBILE  NEIGHBORHOOD  TESTING  PROGRAM

The Mayor’s Mobile Neighborhood Testing Program provides public testing, at no cost to the individual, 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 Shiloh Baptist Church, 237 East Fifth Street, is available from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.., Thursday, October 1 and 8, and Friday, October 2 and 9; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, October 3 and 10.

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.              

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