Getting tested for COVID-19: How it works from start to finish

Posted at 6:35 PM, Jul 14, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — For viewers who have not been tested for COVID-19 and don't know what to expect, you can follow my journey through the process!

It started on Friday when I went to to make an appointment at a testing site. The earliest availability was in Lexington at Bluegrass Community and Technical College at 8:20 a.m.

When I arrived, a National Guardsmen asked me to place my Driver's License on the dash of my car.

He then directed me to enter one of two different lines. My line had about 12 cars ahead of me.

After 30 minutes, I drove into the first of two tents. That's where my identity was verified by two women with face masks and gloves on. They asked for my name, birthday, address, email address, and whether I had any symptoms.

Then, I headed toward the second tent and after 10 minutes I was asked to crack my window so I could receive a long cotton swab. I was then asked to administer my own test.

Staff directed me to place the swab in my nose as far as I could (there was a small notch in the swab that showed how far it was supposed to enter). Then, I was asked to twist the swab in my nose and hold it for 15 seconds. The process was repeated for the second nostril.

Staff said my results would be available in 3-4 days via phone. I also had the option to receive my results via an online portal.

Next, I traveled to HealthCore Family Practice in Scott County.

When I arrived, a staff member came out to the parking lot and asked me to lower my window a few inches so she could speak to me.

Then, she took photos of my medical insurance card and my Driver's License as I pressed them against the glass window. She also verified other personal information like my birthday, address, and phone number.

After a few minutes, a healthcare technician arrived with one swab, which she inserted into my nose for no more than two seconds.

She said the results would be back in 1-2 days, and I would be notified via phone.