FAYETTE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – COVID-19 continues to spread in Lexington, with cases increasing among the city’s Hispanic population, according to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.
Of the 1,284 total cases, 322 — 25 percent — identify as Hispanic, a group that makes up 7 percent of Lexington’s population.
Bluewater Diagnostics is working with the city to provide the testing.
To try to reach those communities and help detect and manage the spread of the disease, the city and the Lexington Division of Emergency Management are providing free COVID-19 testing:
• 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at Cardinal Valley Elementary, 218 Mandalay Road
• 2-8 p.m. Friday at Cardinal Valley Elementary
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Valley Park, 2077 Cambridge Drive
Drive-ups and walk-ups will be accepted.
Face masks will be provided to those being tested while supplies last.
For information, call the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s COVID-19 hotline at 859-899-2222.
Information in Spanish will be available, and bilingual staff will be on site at the locations to assist.
“Our community has seen a disproportionate increase in COVID-19 cases in some groups. With the help of Bluewater, we’re focused on bringing a series of walk-up and drive-up testing locations to neighborhoods, and we’re starting in Cardinal Valley,” Mayor Linda Gorton said. “Getting people tested is vitally important. With COVID-19, sometimes there are no symptoms, or it feels like an allergy attack. Some people continue to infect others because they do not know they have the virus. The more people who get tested, the better we know what we have to do to slow the increase.”
“Black and Hispanic people in Lexington continue to be disproportionately affected by the pandemic in Lexington,” said Lexington-Fayette County Commissioner of Health Dr. Kraig Humbaugh. “Because the percentage of COVID-19 cases in people who identify as Hispanic has risen in Lexington, the Cardinal Valley test sites may make testing more available to this community. This is another opportunity for people to be tested for COVID-19 in a location that could be more convenient to where they live and work.”
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 for approximately two weeks, or until they run out of test kits (testing approximately 200 per day). Online registration is recommended, but not required, at walgreens.com/coronavirus.
In addition, drive-thru testing is available, at least through July, at the Kroger Health testing site at Bluegrass Community & Technical College Newtown Campus. The testing entrance is located off Loudon Avenue near the intersection with Newtown Pike.
Testing is available by appointment, which can be secured by visiting thelittleclinic.com/drivethru-testing. Appointments are available Monday through Friday.
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.