Louisville COVID-19 Response: Testing


Through community partners, COVID-19 testing is expanding to help residents get the care they need and help our city better track and control the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community. 

A critical step to transition from the current phase of social distancing and restart the economy will be an initiative to dramatically increase testing in order to understand if COVID-19 is making a comeback in our city, so we can take measures to quickly get it back under control. In conjunction, Louisville Metro Public Health & Wellness will work to trace every close contact people who have test positive have had, and make sure every one of those people quarantines for two weeks to ensure they don’t further spread the disease. LEARN MORE. 


See facts about contact tracing


Who should get tested for COVID-19? 

  • Anyone who has symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. Contact your healthcare provider about scheduling a test.
  • Testing for people who do not have symptoms (asymptomatic) including:
    • Persons without symptoms who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. Consider getting tested during your 14 day quarantine if you do not develop symptoms. 
    • Healthcare facility workers, workers in congregate living settings, and first responders without symptoms.
    • Residents in long-term care facilities or other congregate living settings, including prisons and shelters, without symptoms
    • People without symptoms who have been in large gatherings where social distancing was difficult and you do not know if you were in close contact with a positive case.
  • ​For all testing please follow instructions to call ahead or pre-register for the testing site.


Testing through your healthcare provider:

Currently all Louisville hospitals and health systems are offering testing for their patients:

Testing sites for the general public (these sites fill up quickly) All sites require prescreening either online or by calling ahead. All sites do testing by appointment only.

  • Family Health Centers – Americana, 4805 Southside Dr., Louisville, KY 40214, Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm. Tests will be open to the general public. Call : 502-772-8301 or Click to self-schedule.
  • Family Health Centers – Portland, 2215 Portland Ave., Louisville, KY 40212, Starting 6/29/20 (M, Tu, W, Th 9a-4:30p). Tests will be open to the general public. Call : 502-772-8301 or Click to self-schedule.
  • Family Health Center – Fairdale, 1000 Neighborhood Place, Fairdale, KY 40118, Starting 6/29/20 (M, W 9a-4:30p). Tests will be open to the general public. Call : 502-772-8301 or Click to self-schedule.
  • Kroger: Southern High School – 8620 Preston Hwy. Tests are free and available to the public. Sign up here or call 1-888-852-2567, select option 3.
  • Shawnee Christian Healthcare – 234 Amy Ave Louisville, KY 40212, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 – 5 pm and Thursday from 9- 7 pm. Call 502-778-0001 to reserve a spot
  • Norton Respiratory Illness Center – 3101 Poplar Level Rd, Louisville, KY 40213. By appointment only, 502-861-4611, option 1.
  • St. Stephen Church – 1018 S. 15th St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, July 11, 2020 — Drive through-thru testing available by appointment only. Register here. 
  • Seven Counties – 4 locations. Drive thru, open to anyone. M-F 8am-5pm. By Appointment, 502-538-2980
    • ​4710 Champions Trace, Louisville, 40218
    • 2650 West Broadway, Louisville, 40211
    • 920 Blankenbaker Pkwy, Louisville, 40243
    • 8301 Saint Andrews Church Rd, Louisville, 40258
  • CVS – 2 locations. Drive thru, open to anyone, appointment only through minuteclinic.com.  *These new sites utilized the self-swab test* |
    • 2311 Lime Kiln Road 
    • 10490 Shelbyville Road
  • Walgreens – Norton Prompt Care 
    • ​5100 Dixie Hwy 
    • 2021 Hikes Lane 
    • 12101 Shelbyville Road 
    • 4240 Shelbyville Road
    • 1360 Stony Brooke
  • Walmart – 2020 Bashford Lane, beginning 4/29/2020: Sign up here. Testing available for anyone over 18 who has symptoms as well as healthcare workers and first responders with or without symptoms.
  • Western High School – 2501 Rockford Lane, 8am-2pm Saturday, July 18, 2020 — Drive through-thru testing available by appointment only. Register for a test at https://bit.ly/NHCCovid19Test, or call (502) 861-4600, option 1.
  • If your doctor is affiliated with one of these health systems or healthcare providers, they can test you if you need it.
  • Most doctor’s visits and patient screenings are done via telehealth. 
  • Testing is by appointment only with a physician referral.
  • All health systems have advised us they are also taking new patients. 

Apply to Offer COVID19 Testing

Louisville Metro Government has issued two Executive Orders pertaining to testing, EO-20-004 and EO-20-005.

EO-20-004 requires any entity wishing to offer pop-up testing or drive-through testing submit a detailed application prior to providing any testing. The application must be approved by the Department of Public Health & Wellness before testing can begin. Applicants are required to submit medical licensing, test product and analysis information, safety and personal protective equipment (PPE) plans, traffic plans, communications plans and any other information requested to ensure validity of the testing and safety precautions. Additionally, all testing must be performed by appointment — no unscheduled drive-up testing — and follow FDA approval guidelines.

This order was intended to ensure the safety of residents, prevent predatory testing operations, and provide Louisville the authority to stop testing by non-medical professionals or those that create a public health risk. This approval does not excuse the operators from ensuring all other appropriate rules, laws, and regulations are followed.

EO-20-004 does not apply to hospitals or doctor’s offices offering testing as part of a physician’s treatment plan.

To ensure public safety, EO-20-005 requires all testing operators register with Louisville Metro Government and submit a traffic safety plan to be approved before testing can begin. This Order applies to all hospitals, doctors’ offices, universities, and anyone else attempting to register pop-up or drive-through testing sites. This is a quick process, using a Temporary Activity Application through Louisville Metro Planning and Design. This Order’s primary focus is to provide situational awareness for Louisville Metro Government and to ensure public and traffic safety.


Additional FAQs

  • If you are experiencing symptom, you should consult your health care provider about getting tested. 
  • If you have symptoms but do not have a health care provider, you are encouraged to sign up for testing at one of the public testing sites listed below.  Please note that you must sign up prior to arriving at the test site.  
  • Each test site may administer the test in different ways. For example, some may use nasal swabs, some may use a cheek swab, others may use a blood samples.  
  • Test sites must have received a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) license or a CLIA waiver, must follow regulations and guidelines established by the CDC and Louisville Metro Public Health/Wellness, and are subject to inspection.  
  • If you have concerns about a particular test site, to include safety violations or fees being charged, please contact (502) 574-6520.