Plenty of COVID-19 testing available with faster results
Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness and Chief Health Strategist, says Louisville has greatly increased testing capacity for COVID-19 and results from tests are being delivered within 24 to 72 hours.
“COVID-19 testing capacity has greatly expanded in the past several weeks,” Dr. Moyer said. “There are more than 21 sites in Louisville open to the general public. Several of them are telling us they can test up to 300 people a day but only a small number are showing up to be tested. We are also seeing test results being delivered anywhere from 12 to 72 hours. Fast turn around times help us with getting important information to those who test positive through our care advocates and contact tracers. All of that works together to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”
According to Dr. Moyer, here’s who should get tested for COVID-19:
- Anyone with 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). Anyone experiencing symptoms is encouraged to contact their healthcare provider who can also arrange testing.
- Anyone who doesn’t have symptoms but has had recent or suspected exposure to someone who tested positive
- Anyone who has attended gatherings of more than 10 people where social distancing and mask wearing was not being practiced such as Labor Day weekend activities, parties, and sporting activities.
“We are updating testing opportunities on our website weekly,” Dr. Moyer said. “Please check it frequently and get tested. Some of the testing locations require you to call or schedule online ahead of time. Some are drive thru and require no appointment. That information is on the website. If you don’t have access to the website, call us at 574-6520 and we can help you find a testing location."
The city’s COVID-19 data dashboard, a complete list of COVID-19 testing sites, information on symptoms, prevention and contact tracing can be found at www.louisvilleky.gov/covid19. The LOU HEALTH COVID19 Helpline is also available: 502- 912-8598.