FRANKFORT, KY (WKRC) – A new drive-thru coronavirus test site opened in Kentucky Monday.

The testing site is at the Franklin County fairgrounds, just a few miles east of Frankfort.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says the goal of the drive-thru testing is to get an extra 20,000 people tested over the next five weeks. That would nearly double the number of people who have already been tested.

The site uses the nasal swab, but it’s a self-administered swab.

The turnaround time is around 48 hours. Gravity Diagnostics in Covington is handling the results.

You can’t just drive up though; you need to sign up through Kroger’s Little Clinic website. These testing sites will be prioritized for health care workers, first responders, people 65 and older and those with chronic conditions.

The testing site can handle as many as 250 patients a day as long as the test kit supplies last.

Beshear says these sites and getting more people tested will help get the state to a place where it can re-open.

“Eventually as [the number of cases] peak and we start coming down, what’s it going to take to ease restrictions? Increasing our capacity for testing and the methods of testing is one of the most important things that we’re going to have to reach to get to a point where we can do that,” Beshear said.

In Northern Kentucky, testing will be at Summit View Academy in Independence in conjunction with Kroger.


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