New COVID-19 testing available near Jefferson Square Park
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer today announced a new COVID-19 testing site for individuals who have been participating in the recent protests over the Breonna Taylor tragedy.
“I want to thank the peaceful protesters who’ve been making their voices heard, but remind everyone that we are still in a health pandemic,” said the Mayor. “Many protesters are wearing masks, which is great, but we understand that 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.”
Also today, LMPD Chief Rob Schroeder advised his staff that in addition to its current first-responder testing, the department is working with Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW) to provide additional testing to LMPD members and families. This move is also being made due to the difficulties to be socially distant in a protest event.
LMPHW has approved Bluewater Diagnostic Laboratories to provide the free, walk-up only COVID-19 testing for protesters tomorrow and Sunday, June 6 and 7, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The site will be located in the parking lot bordered by 6th Street, Congress Alley and 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.
“We understand it’s difficult to practice proper social distancing in large gatherings. Getting a test will help guard you and your loved ones’ health and will help us contain the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness and the city’s chief health strategist.
A complete list of other testing locations in our community can be found here.
No appointments are necessary for the site open this weekend. 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
As of this afternoon, there have been:
- 2,733 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Louisville
- 30 new
- 177 deaths
- 3 new since yesterday.
- 1,871 recovered
- 14 new
Currently, 4 members of LMPD, Louisville Fire, Metro EMS, Metro Corrections and the Sheriff’s Office are off-duty due to COVID-19:
- 2 are off with positive tests and in self-isolation.
- 2 are off and quarantined awaiting confirmation of testing
Positive test numbers for first responders/public safety since the incident began:
- 48 positive tests
- 46 have fully recovered and returned to duty
Metro Corrections inmate data for June 5:
- 1,009 inmates have been tested
- 10 positives
- 6 tests are pending