The site will open on Tuesday, Sept. 1, with testing by appointment only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Up to 300 people can be tested each day.
A permanent COVID-19 drive-thru testing site is coming to the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA building at 1720 West Broadway. Operated by Norton Healthcare, which has a medical practice in the same building, Norton Respiratory Illness Testing Center – West Broadway will serve individuals who would like to be tested for COVID-19 whether or not they have symptoms. Walk-up participants with an appointment can also be tested.
The site will open on Tuesday, Sept. 1, with testing by appointment only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Up to 300 people can be tested each day. Appointments are required and can be made at NortonHealthcare.com/RITC or by calling (502) 861-4611, option 1.
“We want to provide more access to testing in this area of the community,” said Russell F. Cox, president and CEO, Norton Healthcare. “We have worked with the Louisville Urban League, St. Stephen Baptist Church and Western High School on testing events in the West End and felt an additional site would extend testing in a more permanent way.”
While test results recently were taking up to 10 days, support from Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has increased testing supplies and turnaround times. Results now are being returned in around three days.
“Many people are concerned they may have COVID-19 or may have been exposed, and they want to know if they are at risk of passing the infection to others. Giving more individuals access to testing in all parts of our community is an important step in stopping the spread of the virus,” Cox said
This new Norton Respiratory Illness Testing Center is in addition to a testing center in the former Walmart Neighborhood Market at 3101 Poplar Level Road, near Norton Audubon Hospital. Appointments can be made for either location at NortonHealthcare.com/RITC or by calling (502) 861-4611, option 1. A photo ID is required at the testing site.
Test results will be available in MyNortonChart, a free online medical records portal. Individuals who test positive also will be contacted by phone.
Testing also is available during primary care and pediatric care provider office visits as well as at 16 area Norton Immediate Care Centers and eight Norton Prompt Care at Walgreens locations. Visit NortonNow.com to schedule an appointment at one of these locations.
“Testing is critical to helping slow the spread of COVID-19, but we need everyone to continue physical distancing, wearing a mask in public, washing hands and practicing proper cough etiquette,” Cox said. “If you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 or you have symptoms, it’s very important to quarantine for 14 days. We encourage everyone to continue taking the necessary steps to protect themselves and others.”