Mobile COVID testing moves to Yates Elementary, other sites still open, too

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FAYETTE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington confirmed more than 700 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the first seven days of September.

This is nearly 100 more cases than the first seven days of August, which set a one-month record with 2,538 cases.

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To continue to try to reach under-served neighborhoods, Lexington is moving its mobile testing operation to another location this week.

“We continue to see the spread of COVID-19, and testing is an important part of slowing the community spread,” Mayor Linda Gorton said. “We must all continue working together to reduce the harm caused by COVID-19. Wearing a face mask, practicing safe social distance guidelines, repeatedly washing hands and getting a test are important parts of stopping the spread of COVID-19.”

The Mayor’s Mobile Neighborhood Testing Program continues to provide easily accessible, free public testing around the city. Testing is available without an appointment, with both walk-up and drive-up options.

This week the Mayor’s Mobile Neighborhood Testing Program is moving to the Eastland Parkway and Bryan Station neighborhoods. Testing will be held at Yates Elementary School, 695 East New Circle Road.

Testing at Yates Elementary is available from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.., Thursday, September 10, and Friday, September 11; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, September 12. No appointment is necessary.

Several additional free public testing locations also are around Lexington.

— Free 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 Thursday.

— Free drive-thru testing also continues, through Bluewater Diagnostic Laboratory, at Southland Christian Church, 2349 Richmond Road. Testing is available 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary.

Bluewater Diagnostic Laboratory, 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.

— Through a partnership with the University of Kentucky, UK HealthCare and Wild Health, testing is available at 1505 College Way and 1350 Bull Lea Road. Free drive-thru testing is available to the public 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.

— 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.