Louisville COVID-19 Response: Testing

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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.
  • Certain people who do not have symptoms (asymptomatic) including
    • Asymptomatic individuals with recent known or suspected exposure to SARS-CoV-2 
    • Asymptomatic individuals in special settings without known or suspected exposure to SARS-CoV-2 for early identification
    • Individuals being tested for purposes of public health surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 
  • ​For all testing please follow instructions to call ahead or pre-register for the testing site.

For additional information on testing types or what to do if you may be positive for COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 Facts, Symptoms and Prevention page.

3 Key Steps to Take While Waiting for Your COVI-19 Test Result

 WAYS TO BE TESTED

Testing through your healthcare provider:

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

  • University of Louisville Health
  • Norton Healthcare
  • Baptist Health
  • Family Health Centers, 8 locations, 502-774-8631. Can also help you obtain health insurance.
  • Park DuValle Community Health Center, by appointment only, 9a.m. - 12 p.m., open to anyone.
    • 3015 Wilson Ave, Louisville, KY 40211, 502-774-4401
    • 1425 W. Broadway, Louisville, KY 40203, 502-584-2992
    • 2237 Hikes Lane, Louisville, KY 40218, 502-479-8930
  • North Clark Medical Group, 202 E. Market St., 812-288-2488
  • Hope Wellness Center, 2600 W. Broadway, Ste. 208, 502-618-0543, By appointment, Tuesdays, 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Pearl Medical, 2202 Buechel Avenue, Louisville, KY 40218, Must call 502-456-0494 to schedule an appointment.
  • 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. 

 

 

Testing sites for the general public

 

 

  • Family Health Centers – Americana, 4805 Southside Dr., Louisville, KY 40214, Monday-Friday 9:00am – 4:30 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, (M, Tu, W, Th 9a-12p, 12:30p-4p). 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, (M–F 9a-12p, 12:30p-4p). Tests will be open to the general public. Call : 502-772-8301 or Click to self-schedule.
  • Family Health Center – East Broadway, 834 E. Broadway, Louisville, KY 40204, (M - F 9a-12p, 12:30p-4p). Tests will be open to the general public. Call : 502-772-8301 or Click to self-schedule.
  • Bluewater Labs: Drive thru, open to anyone, no appointment necessary.
    • Southeast Christian Church, 920 Blankenbaker Pkwy, Louisville, 40243
      • ​M-F 9am-2pm, No Appointment Needed
    • Seven Counties Services – East, 4710 Champions Trace, Louisville, 40218
      • M-F 9am-11am, 1pm-3pm, No Appointment Needed
  • Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Ln -- Lot C (drive thru) 
    • ​Nov. 2 to Nov. 23, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (closed Sat/Sun)
    • Free testing provided by the Federal Government in partnership with the state of Kentucky. 
    • Register for testing at the Kentucky Expo Center here
  • Kroger Little Clinics, Monday-Friday 8:30a-7:30p, Saturday 8:30a-5p, Sunday 9a-5p

    • McMahan Plaza - 3039 Breckenridge Lane, Louisville, KY 40220
    • Stonybrook - 9080 Taylorsville Rd., Louisville, KY 40299
    • New Cut - 5533 New Cut Road, Louisville, KY 40214
    • Middletown - 12501 Shelbyville Road, Middletown, KY 40243
    • Hubbards - 279 N. Hubbards Lane, Louisville, KY 40207
    • Hillview - 5001 Mud Lane, Louisville, KY 40229
    • Springhurst - 9440 Brownsboro Road, Louisville, KY 40241
    • Prospect - 5929 Timber Ridge Drive, Prospect, KY 40059
    • Holiday Manor - 2219 Holiday Manor Center, Louisville, KY 40222
    • LaGrange - 12450 LaGrange Road, Louisville, KY 40245
    • Highlands - 2440 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40205
    • Dixie - 4915 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY 40216
    • 2nd & Central - 3165 South 2nd Street, Louisville, KY 40208
    • Goss Germantown - 1265 Goss Ave., Louisville, KY 40217
  • Republic Bank Foundation YMCA, 1720 W. Broadway (drive thru, by appointment only). Testing provided by Norton Healthcare.

    • ​Tuesday, 8am – 12 noon 

    • Thursday, 3pm – 7pm

    • Saturday, 8am – 12 noon

    • Appointments are required and can be made at NortonHealthcare.com/RITC or by calling (502) 861-4611, option 1.

  • Norton Respiratory Illness Center – 2949 Breckenridge Lane, Louisville, KY 40220. By appointment only, 502-861-4611, option 1 or register online at NortonHealthcare.com/RITC
  • UofL Health – By appointment only. Call 502-588-0414 to reserve a spot
    • Downtown – 499 S. Brook St. Louisville, KY 40202
    • South Louisville – Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, 1850 Bluegrass Ave, Louisville, KY 40215
  • CVS –  Drive thru, open to adults and minors 12 and older. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Must register in advance and scheduled an appointment through www.cvs.com or through the CVS app on a mobile phone.
    • 2311 Lime Kiln Road 
    • 10490 Shelbyville Road
    • 13900 Shelbyville Rd.
    • 3997 7th St. Road
    • 5300 South 3rd St.
    • 2169 Midland Trail, Shelbyville
  • Walgreens – provided by Norton Prompt Care Appointments required. Weekend and evening appointments available.
    • ​5100 Dixie Hwy 
    • 2021 Hikes Lane 
    • 12101 Shelbyville Road 
    • 4240 Shelbyville Road
    • 1360 Stony Brooke
  • Walgreens Drive-thru testing (Flyer in English, Spanish)
    • 4315 Cane Run Road, open 7 days a week, 9a - 5p (weather permitting). Must register online here
  • Walmart – 2020 Bashford Lane, Louisville 40218. Sign up here. 

 

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 priohttps://lojic.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Embed/index.html%3Fwebmap=97ee2cc9981... 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.

APPLICATION

 

Additional FAQs

  • If you are experiencing symptoms, 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.

About 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. 

 

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