Mobile testing moves to Red Mile this week

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Red Mile will host the Mayor’s Mobile Neighborhood Testing Program for free COVID-19 tests for the next two weeks, Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton announced Monday.

“Thanks to The Red Mile,” Gorton said. “Testing becomes more and more important as the number of cases continues to grow. We’ve had a disheartening start to November, as we’ve experienced record-breaking numbers of positive cases in Lexington. It’s still very important to follow public health recommendations … maintain a six-foot social distance, wear a face mask, wash your hands, and get tested regularly.”

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As of November 9, the Lexington Fayette County Health Department reported a total of 12,468 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 102 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

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.

Since starting the mobile testing program in late June, nearly 14,000 tests have been administered in 58 testing days.

This week, testing will be available, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 12 – 14, at The Red Mile, 1200 Red Mile Road. Next week, testing will take place at The Red Mile, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 19 – 22.

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. This location will be closed for the week of Thanksgiving, November 23 – 27.

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.