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Lexington doctor offers second drive-up COVID-19 testing

Posted at 3:16 PM, Mar 24, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Lexington doctor who conducted the city’s first drive-up coronavirus testing will offer a second one on Wednesday, March 25.

The testing will begin at 9 a.m. at Bluegrass Extended Care, 989 Governors Lane.

To qualify for the COVID-19 tests, you must have symptoms (fever, dry cough, chest tightness, trouble breathing), or you must have had direct contact with a COVID-19 patient.

Patients who qualify for testing may have to wait in their cars for 30 minutes or more, depending on turnout.

Dr. John Richard tells LEX 18 that he and his staff tested 94 people on Friday, March 20, and he hopes to test 150 tomorrow.

Dr. Richard expects to have results from Solaris Diagnostics within 24-36 hours.

Solaris Diagnostics is an accredited lab testing facility in Nicholasville, Kentucky, that serves clinicians and health care providers.

“The availability of reliable diagnostic tests is a crucial part of the response to control the spread of the virus,” said Dr. Preetpal Sidhu, CEO at Solaris Diagnostics.