Mobile COVID-19 testing starts Monday at Shawnee Park
As part of a partnership between the state, Kroger Health and Louisville Metro, mobile COVID-19 testing will be provided at Shawnee Park, beginning Monday through Friday, May 8.
To accommodate a safe and secure testing site, some pedestrian access and all motor vehicle access in the park will be restricted beginning today.
Shawnee Park will remain open to walkers, runners, and bicyclists who want to use the Paul Bather Sports Complex on the northwest side of the park and Paul Hornung Field on northeast corner of the park.
The south side of the park will be closed to pedestrians 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. All motor vehicles will be restricted 24/7 from the park and parking areas will be closed through Saturday, May 9.
The entire park will remain accessible to walkers, runners, and bicyclists on weekends beginning at 7 p.m. Friday.
The state of Kentucky and Kroger Health are establishing a mobile COVID-19 testing site in the park to provide up to 330 tests per day over the next two weeks.
Testing will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays through Friday, May 8. The tests are available to the general public, but you must register at www.thelittleclinic.com/drivethru-testing to be screened and scheduled. Kroger Health has filled all the scheduled appointments for April 27-May 1 but is working to make more slots available.
Mayor Greg Fischer said the site in Shawnee Park was chosen because West Louisville is a major African American population center, and African Americans have been disproportionately suffering and dying from COVID-19 in Kentucky.
“That’s completely unacceptable. It’s also an indicator of the work we have to do as a state and as a country,” the Mayor said. “In our city alone, there’s a 12-year gap in life expectancy between certain ZIP codes in our community. That’s something that my Metro Government team has been working to reverse for years.”
“I agree with Mayor Fischer – rising numbers in the minority community is unacceptable! I am thankful that Governor Beshear, Mayor Fischer and Kroger realized and identified this serious problem,” said District 5 Metro Councilwoman Donna Purvis, whose district includes Shawnee Park. “This pandemic should be the catalyst that opens the door to dialogue and much-needed change as it relates to minority health disparities, lack of affordable housing and living wage jobs. Addressing all of these issues in a comprehensive manner can flatten the curve.”
News media: On the map, you will see an area for media. You may park your vehicles on Shawnee Park Court on the southwest corner of the park, which will be accessible via West Broadway.