Drive-thru COVID-19 testing offered in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise across the country, across Kentucky, and right here in Lexington.

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14 new cases announced Tuesday doubled Fayette County’s total of COVID-19 diagnoses to 28.

Bluegrass Extended Care says the increased need for testing is why they are conducting their second drive-up clinic in less than a week on Wednesday. The doctor's office tested 83 people last week.

Testing on Wednesday began at 9 a.m. and opened to a line of cars wrapped around the building.

Those being tested had to show symptoms.

“Generally speaking we’re just looking for folks who have signs and symptoms, who probably didn’t go to the ER and probably don’t meet CDC criteria, or are scared to go to the ER,” said Doctor John Richard, with Bluegrass Extended Care. “I’ve seen several patients this week who were frightened to go to the emergency room because they were afraid that they’ll have exposure. That’s what we’ve eliminated with this drive up, walk-in situation.”

The facility worked with local nursing homes, Lowe’s, and internet sellers to provide enough protective gear and masks for staff. Doctor Richard says test results come back within 2 to 3 days.

So far the facility has had two people to test positive for COVID-19. One person works as an ER nurse, while the other is a pharmacy technician.

Others who would like to get tested are encouraged to stop by 989 Governor’s Lane off Beaumont Circle until 4 p.m. If you have insurance, the testing is free.