Beshear announces new partnership with Kroger to almost double coronavirus testing in Kentucky - Courier Journal

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Sarah Ladd Louisville Courier Journal

Published 6:43 PM EDT Apr 12, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday announced a new partnership with Kroger to get 20,000 people tested for the novel coronavirus in Kentucky over the next five weeks. 

The partnership could almost double the amount of testing the state is able to do, Beshear said.  

The first testing location will open on Monday in Frankfort, Beshear said, and more will open in the next two weeks.

The goal is for sites to be open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and use self-administered swabs to conserve personal protective equipment, be less invasive and make room for more people to be tested in a day. 

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Kroger will provide medical staff, PPE and a signup portal, Beshear said, and Kentucky is partnering with UPS and Gravity Diagnostics for more support.

Through the partnership, results would be available within 48 hours.

"What's really important is there is still a resource scarcity, and we need to make sure those who need to be tested the most get it," Beshear said.

Under that criteria, the new drive-thru testing is reserved for health care workers, first responders, people over 65 and people with chronic health conditions and will be free. 

This story will be updated. 

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