Kentucky Partners with Kroger to Open Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Sites

The first site at the Franklin County Fairgrounds opens Monday, April 13 and is expected to handle 250 cars a day

Apr 13, 2020 at 8:32 am
click to enlarge Kentucky Partners with Kroger to Open Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Sites
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On Sunday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced a new testing partnership with Kroger Health to offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing services in the state.

The first site, located at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Frankfort, will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, April 13 through Thursday, April 16 and serve only health care workers, first responders, those ages 65 and older, those with chronic health conditions and those with symptoms of the coronavirus. Testing is free of charge.

“I’m very excited about this. It’s good news,” Beshear said in a press release. “We’ve been working with Kroger for several weeks just trying to get it right. The potential here, just from this program, could almost double the amount of testing we have right now.”

Future locations are set to be announced and the state hopes to conduct 20,000 tests over the next five weeks. Each site expects to be able to handle 250 cars per day. Test results should be available within 48 hours.

Patients must register for a COVID-19 test via a digital registration process at or by calling 1-888-852-2567, then selecting option 1 and then option 3.

The registration process follows a screening tool based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines to see if a person is eligible for a COVID-19 test, according to the governor's office. Then, if they are, they can select a testing location and appointment time. After that, they will receive an email confirmation and paperwork to fill out before their appointment.

When arriving at the drive-thru for their test, people are asked to have a photo ID and to leave their window rolled up until a health care worker comes to the car.

“Kroger Health’s vision is to help people lead healthier lives and it’s never been more important than right now for us as we help expand testing across the state," said Colleen Lindholz, president of Kroger Health, in the same release. "An innovative part of Kroger’s testing solution has to do with a digital registration process. We believe this process is the first in the commonwealth and maybe be in the first of the nation to provide a very easy way for people to register for the test.”

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