The Lincoln Trail District Health De­part­ment will have free drive-up COVID-19 testing at various locations starting Monday.

“Lincoln Trail District Health De­part­ment was approached by the Kentucky Department for Public Health to participate in a surge capacity testing pilot program along with four other local health departments across Kentucky; Purchase District, Ashland-Boyd and Kentucky River District,” said Sara Jo Best, public health director of the Lincoln Trail District Health Department. “The intent is to provide a temporary increase in the availability of testing in these areas and the areas were chosen based on both the current availability of testing as well as disease activity.”

The first location Monday is at the health department office at 108 New Glendale Road in Elizabethtown.

“This testing is a temporary surge in testing availability and does not replace testing in clinics or doctor offices,” Best said. “Rather this should be a temporary supplement to existing resources within the community to assist with the surge in cases locally.”

More cases have placed additional burdens on health care resources, she said.

“Collaboration and partnership among all the providers is essential,” Best said.

The testing is for anyone 18-years-old and older and does not require a doctor’s order. It’s free to anyone with or without insurance and someone can be tested even if they are asymptomatic.

Testing is suggested for anyone who wants a COVID-19 test, who has traveled out of state or has been exposed to a COVID-19 case.

To ease possible crowds and wait times, the health department recommends scheduling an appointment at ltdhd.org or by calling 270-769-1601.

Tests will be conducted 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and individuals are asked to remain in their vehicles during the procedure.

“Testing for COVID-19, including those who are asymptomatic, will help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Terrie Burgan, public information officer for the health department. “Identifying individuals early allows for confirmed cases to be quickly isolated and their close contacts quarantined, thus reducing the chance that others may become infected.”

For information, call 270-769-1601.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1740 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

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