Norton Healthcare is pleased to begin providing COVID-19 testing to anyone in the community. This includes individuals who are required by their employer to be tested.
Those who think they may have COVID-19 now have easier access to testing. As availability of test kits and the ability to process results have improved, Norton Healthcare is pleased to begin providing COVID-19 testing to anyone in the community. This includes individuals who are required by their employer to be tested.
It is recommend that those who are showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 be tested. Typical symptoms include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.
When the coronavirus first reached our community, testing kits were limited and therefore prioritized for health care workers and the most vulnerable people, including those who were hospitalized or had symptoms of COVID-19 plus underlying health issues that made them more susceptible to serious complications.
“Now that we have a sufficient supply of test kits, we are eager to open up our testing,” said Russell F. Cox, president and CEO, Norton Healthcare. “Many people are concerned they may have COVID-19, or may have been exposed, and 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 important to us.
“In addition, many businesses are requiring their employees to be tested as a means of protecting their workforce.”
Norton Respiratory Illness Testing Center in the former Walmart Neighborhood Market, 3101 Poplar Level Road, is conducting convenient drive-thru testing. Appointments are required and can be made at NortonHealthcare.com/RITC or by calling (502) 861-4611, option 1.
Testing is also available during provider visits at primary care and pediatric care offices as well as at the 15 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.
Individuals with health insurance should have their insurance card on hand when registering and bring it to the appointment.
You should receive results in two to three days. The fastest way to receive results is through MyNortonChart. Individuals who test positive also will be contacted by phone.
“It is important that everyone continues to take appropriate action to minimize transmission of this virus. This includes practicing social distancing, wearing a mask when in public, and practicing proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette,” said Steven T. Hester, M.D., MBA, division president, provider operations, and system chief medical officer, Norton Healthcare. “There are still false negatives with this test, so even if your test result is negative but you have symptoms or know you have been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19, it remains important to self-quarantine for a total of 14 days from exposure or start of symptoms.”
The COVID-19 live virus test involves a swab to the back of the nose to retrieve a sample that is then tested for the presence of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
You can get a COVID-19 test at a drive-thru Norton Respiratory Illness Testing Center with an appointment.
Use the links below to schedule an appointment at one of our two locations or call (502) 861-4611, option 1.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and away from others. If you need care for mild symptoms, consider scheduling a video visit with a Norton eCare provider.
Before seeking medical care in person, call ahead. Get care immediately if you have trouble breathing or think it is an emergency.
If you suspect you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus, you can visit one of the following locations where a provider will evaluate your symptoms and decide whether you need to be tested.
- Norton Immediate Care Centers
- Norton Healthcare primary care locations
- Norton Prompt Care at Walgreens locations
Norton Healthcare primary care locations also offer COVID-19 antibody testing, which determines if you may or may not have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past.