Mayor Linda Gorton says the City’s Mobile Neighborhood Testing program will return to the Cardinal Valley neighborhood for a second round of testing. The free drive-up or walk-up testing program has increased access to testing in areas where there have been a disproportionate increase in cases.
“We are happy to return this program back to the Cardinal Valley area,” Gorton said. “COVID-19 testing is an important key to understanding where the virus is spreading in our community and what needs to be done to slow the increase in cases.”
This week’s testing will be at Cardinal Valley Elementary School from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday, July 23 and 12-8 p.m., Friday, July 24. On Saturday, July 25, testing will move to Valley Park shelter. Testing will occur 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bluewater Diagnostic Laboratory will offer the tests at no cost to the patient. Health insurance information may be requested, but is not required to receive testing. No appointment is necessary. Tests are available to anyone. Bluewater can process up to 1,000 tests a day.
This week’s testing hours are:
Cardinal Valley Elementary School, 218 Mandalay Road
11 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday, July 23
12-8 p.m., Friday, July 24
Valley Park, 2077 Cambridge Drive
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, July 25
Face masks and hand sanitizer will be provided to those being tested. On-site interpretation services will be available.
The City is currently researching options for additional public testing. The demand for COVID-19 testing has increased across the nation, which has also extended the time to process tests.
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 until they run out of test kits. Online registration is 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 scheduled Tuesday through Friday.
For information on more testing sites go to: kycovid19.ky.gov.
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.