LEXINGTON, Ky. — Lexington's Mobile Neighborhood Testing program will be arriving in the East End of downtown this week.
The program, meant to increase testing in areas with disproportionate increases in cases, offers free drive-up and walk-up testing.
Provided by Bluewater Diagnostic Laboratory, testing begins Thursday, July 9 at Shiloh Baptist Church.
While there is no cost to the patient, health insurance information may be requested; however, it's not required. No appointments are necessary, and tests will be available to anyone.
“Thanks to our collaboration with Bluewater Diagnostic Laboratory, we are able to bring the Mobile Neighborhood Testing Program to several areas of our City. These testing locations will allow both walk-up and drive-up testing, at no cost to the community,” Mayor Linda Gorton said.
“As we’ve seen, African-American and Hispanic residents in Lexington continue to be disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Lexington,” said Lexington-Fayette County Commissioner of Health Dr. Kraig Humbaugh. “Testing at Shiloh Baptist Church helps make testing more available to these communities by being more convenient to where they live and work.”
“We are honored to serve as a host location in the East End for COVID-19 testing,” said Pastor Dr. Joseph Owens of Shiloh Baptist Church, located at 237 East Fifth St.
Testing July 9 and 10 will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and testing on Saturday, July 11 will occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Face masks and hand sanitzer will be available, along with on-site translation services.