Drive-thru testing for COVID-19 starts in Madisonville

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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WEHT) – As the number of cases and deaths linked to the coronavirus continues going up in Hopkins County, more people are asking, “Am I O.K.?”

They began lining up at a  drive-thru today not to get food but to get COVID-19 testing at Madisonville North Hopkins High School.

All day, people have been driving up to the high school to get the test, which is happening at the high school just off of Highway 41. This testing is happening as the county and the commonwealth see more cases.

“It’s a good thing for any county,” said Nick Bailey, Director of Hopkins County Emergency Management. For people in one of the hardest hit counties in the commonwealth, the three day testing center is a welcome sight for those like Seth Johnson, who know residents who had COVID-19.

“I appreciate the governor choosing Madisonville to be one of the on site testing locations. To have that type of testing capacity in our community that has been extremely hard hit by this virus, it was a great announcement,” he said.

It’s one of four sites starting today as part of the state’s effort to have 20,000 tests done in a five-week period. Tests include using a nasal swab to collect a sample, with people learning the results in at least two days. Kroger Health is funding resources for the sites.

“It’s valuable to have the testing. It’s definitely valuable If you meet the criteria, if you’re a health care worker, first responder, if you’ve got symptoms of coronavirus, this is definitely a worthwhile site,” Bailey said.

One person who had a family member tested today tells us the process was simple and is a good resource for Kentuckians to use this week. Officials remind everyone you have to register before getting the drive-thru test and that can be done on the Kroger Health website.

Testing continues the next two days in madisonville from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

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(This story was originally published on April 21, 2020)

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