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Recommended: Kentucky, Kroger Partner On Free Drive-Thru Testing

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Gov. Andy Beshear speaks during a briefing on the Covid-19 outbreak in Kentucky on Sunday, April 12, 2020.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky is partnering with Kroger to launch free drive-thru COVID-19 testing across the state.

The drive-thru testing will be limited to health care workers, first responders, people age 65 and older and individuals with chronic health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease and other immune-system-lowering diseases, Beshear said. In order to receive a test, individuals must apply through a digital registration portal hosted by Kroger.

“Kroger is not charging the state one penny for this,” Beshear said. “I don’t know anywhere else in the country where people are doing that. They might be, but that’s really incredible that they are providing the people and the (personal protective equipment) to do it.”

Testing will begin Monday in Frankfort, Kentucky, and more sites will be announced in the coming weeks, Beshear said. Colleen Lindholz, the president of Kroger Health, said sites will test from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and will able to test 250 people a day.

Beshear said the partnership with Kroger will allow 20,000 people around Kentucky to be tested for the coronavirus over the next five weeks, which approximately doubles the state’s current testing capacity…


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