Mayor announces COVID-19 testing site near Jefferson Square Park will be open again on Saturday, June 13

June 12, 2020

Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that a pop-up COVID-19 testing site for individuals who have been participating in the recent protests over the Breonna Taylor tragedy will be open again on Saturday, June 13.

“We are still in a pandemic, and I am concerned about the potential for further spread,” the Mayor said, adding that while many protesters are wearing masks, social distancing is difficult in a large protest. “So, we wanted to make it easier for protesters to get tested and take the necessary steps to protect themselves and others.”

Bluewater Diagnostic Laboratories, which provided the free, walk-up only COVID-19 testing last weekend, will again administer the tests, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow, in the parking lot bordered by 6th Street, Congress Alley, 7th and Market streets, directly behind City Hall. Anyone ages 6 months and older can be tested; they do not have to be a resident of Jefferson County.

Last weekend, a total of 278 people were tested at the City Hall lot. They were part of a total of 900 individuals who have been tested after taking part in the protests over the past two weeks, according to Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness.

Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness and the city’s chief health strategist, has encouraged everyone to get tested, noting that, “Getting a test will help guard you and your loved ones’ health and will help us contain the spread of COVID-19.”

A complete list of other testing locations in our community can be found here.

No appointments are necessary for the site open tomorrow. Proof of ID is suggested, not required; but those being tested will need to provide a form of contact information. Proof of health insurance will be accepted, but is not needed to perform the test.

Test results will be made available between 24-48 hours on the Blue Water portal. In the case of a positive test result, the individual will be contacted by a healthcare provider.

In addition to testing, Dr. Moyer encouraged people planning to attend future demonstrations to do the following:

Wear a face mask
Wear eye protection such as sunglasses, safety glasses, goggles or a face shield
Stay hydrated
Use hand sanitizer
Stick to a small group
Keep 6 feet from other groups