Testing event to be held near Norton Audubon Hospital at the site of the former Walmart Neighborhood Market, 3101 Poplar Level Road
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 5, 2020) – Norton Healthcare is encouraging and offering free COVID-19 testing to anyone who believes they may have been exposed during recent events in our community.
Norton Healthcare will offer free drive-thru/walk-up testing at its testing facility located at 3101 Poplar Level Road, Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, from noon to 4 p.m. Free testing at this location is available only on these two days during these times.
Community members do not need a referral from a physician or provider to get tested, however registration is recommended as tests are limited. To register, please visit https://bit.ly/NHCCovid19Test. Participants also will need to bring their ID to the testing.
“We want to offer access to a weekend of free testing for those who have been participating in the recent protests and gatherings, as well as any others who want to be tested,” said Russell F. Cox, president and CEO, Norton Healthcare. “Unfortunately we’re not immune to the possibility of additional COVID-19 outbreaks. The virus isn’t seasonal, so we still have to take precautions to slow the spread as we come out of self-isolation.”
“The free testing is open to anyone who thinks they have been exposed to COVID-19 recently, even if not showing symptoms,” said Steven T. Hester, M.D., MBA, division president, provider operations, and system chief medical officer, Norton Healthcare. “It is highly 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.
“A positive test result means the virus was active at the time of testing. However, if you have a negative test and are experiencing symptoms, it is important to self-quarantine for a total of 14 days from exposure or start of symptoms or seek medical attention if concerned,” Dr. Hester said. “As we continue to open businesses and activities, it is important to maintain social distancing and frequent hand-washing, and monitor for symptoms.”
Test results should be available in three to four days, but may take a little longer.