Pilot project first step in drive-through testing rollout

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A pilot program in Frankfort Wednesday is providing the first test for what the state hopes develops into a widespread drive-through coronavirus testing program.

The mini-test Wednesday at Lakeview Park was for first responders who were showing symptoms or already were quarantined.

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The tests, which are being done from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., have been closely monitored and media has been kept at a distance to protect the people being tested. The number of people being tested has been described as “steady” but no one involved in the testing has been authorized to speak publicly.

Gov. Andy Beshear is expected to discuss the process during his 5 p.m. briefing Wednesday.

He has said the state wants to get to drive-through testing quickly but only when it has the necessary tools, equipment, sites and testing capabilities.

And the initial tests will target vulnerable populations and those with symptoms or quarantined but those guidelines won’t be released until the system is ready.

“When we get to the drive-up testing phase, please understand that there’s still a very limited supply,” says Governor Andy Beshear.

When operational, those tested will only be people 60 years and older with underlying conditions showing COVID symptoms, and first responders showing symptoms or currently quarantined.

“When we start this those are going to be the different groups that we’re gonna have to prioritize because of the damage it can do to one group and because the fact that we got to get our first responders especially those in quarantine back out helping us,” says Beshear.

Beshear says he hopes to have 40 drive-through testing sites throughout the state in the weeks to come.