Health Department: testing vital to contain spread of coronavirus as Kentucky reopens

Posted at 10:03 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 22:14:48-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Health leaders say people may be getting tired of hearing about the coronavirus as the fourth month of the response to the pandemic continues in Kentucky, but the risk of spreading the virus remains.

The Lexington Fayette County Health Department continues to urge people to get tested for the virus, even if they've been tested before, and to continue to wear masks.

"It's not over and that's the reason we keep talking about it because people are dying," said Kevin Hall with the health department. "There were six deaths in the last week and there have been 20 overall in ​Lexington so those numbers are unfortunately going up."

Gov. Andy Beshear has expressed concern that Kentuckians may have "testing fatigue" as the response to the virus continues.

Over 325,000 coronavirus tests have been administered in Kentucky, he said, but the state has the capability to do more.

At the Kroger Health drive through testing site at Bluegrass Community & Technical College, several appointment times remained available for the remainder of the week as of Tuesday afternoon.