LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Governor Andy Beshear said Kentucky is partnering with Kroger to launch free COVID-19 tests while driving across the state.
Driving test will be limited to health care workers, first responders, people 65 and older, and people with chronic health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease and other diseases that suppress the immune system said Beshear. In order to receive a test, individuals must apply through a digital registration portal hosted by Kroger.
“Kroger does not charge the state a penny for this,” said Beshear. “I don’t know anywhere else in the country where people do this. They may be, but it is truly incredible that they provide the people and (personal protective equipment) to do so. “
Testing will begin on Monday in Frankfort, Kentucky, and more will be announced in the coming weeks, said Beshear. Colleen Lindholz, President of Kroger Health, said the sites will be testing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday and can test 250 people per day.
Beshear said the partnership with Kroger will allow 20,000 people in Kentucky to be tested for coronavirus in the next five weeks, which roughly doubles the state’s current testing capacity.
Kroger will provide personnel and personal protective equipment (PPE) at the test sites. The test will be self-administered using buffers that can be exchanged with health workers who manage the sites, said Lindholz. This test method is less invasive for patients, it will help reduce the amount of PPE needed for testing and protect healthcare workers, she added.
Beshear announced 134 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky, bringing the state total to at least 1,963. The governor also announced three additional virus-related deaths, including a 72-year-old man from Jefferson County, bringing the state balance to 97.
Thirty of the new cases reported come from Jefferson County, said Beshear.
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