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Lexington COVID-19 testing initiative targets minority populations

COVID-19 Prueba Gratis
Posted at 8:50 AM, Jun 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-28 08:50:55-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Health officials were present at Cardinal Valley Park from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday with free drive-up and walk-up COVID-19 tests for the public.

The City announced the Mobile Neighborhood Testing Program series on Tuesday, which created free testing sites in neighborhoods with large minority populations.

In Lexington, Hispanics account for 25-percent of the total COVID-19 cases, but only makeup seven-percent of the city’s population, according to health officials.

“We decided to set up at Valley Park today because of the amount of apartments that are around here,” said Karlie Lujan, who works with Lexington Emergency Management.

Signs placed around the Cardinal Valley neighborhood leading people to the test site were written in Spanish. At the testing site, Spanish-speakers were also readily available to help.

”You can see them get more comfortable, and be like, ‘Oh, okay. If I do have questions there’s someone here who can actually explain this to me and I can actually understand it’,” Lujan said.

The testing was available to the public, regardless of whether they showed symptoms of COVID-19 or not. No appointments were necessary.