COVID-19 mobile testing moves to New Circle Road

The Mayor’s Mobile Neighborhood Testing Program will move to Byrider Auto and Eastland Bowling Lanes beginning October 15, Mayor Linda Gorton announced today.

“The Mayor’s Mobile Neighborhood Testing Program has been an overwhelming success for our City,” Gorton said. “It is so important to offer testing throughout Lexington, and these sites offer easy access to testing in areas that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.”

Lexington has continued to see an increase in number of cases reported over the past few months. September had the highest number of cases of any month since March. Health professionals continue to stress the importance of keeping a 6-foot social distance, wearing a face mask, and washing hands repeatedly. Additionally, public health experts are asking everyone to get a flu shot this year.


The Mayor’s Mobile Neighborhood Testing Program provides public testing at no cost to the individual. Testing is available without an appointment, with both walk-up and drive-up options.

Testing at Byrider Auto and Eastland Bowling Lanes, 750 E. New Circle Road, is available from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.., Thursday, October 15, and Friday, October 16; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, October 17. The public should enter the testing site off Eastland Drive.


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 

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

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:

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.