New drive-thru testing location announced in Northern Kentucky

Gov. Beshear gives update on coronavirus in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Governor Andy Beshear announced a partnership with St. Elizabeth Healthcare Monday to provide a drive-thru testing location in Northern Kentucky.

The drive-thru testing site will be located at the Atlantic Corporate Center in Erlanger, Ky.

It will be open May 11-15 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. by appointment only for individuals who qualify.

A new partnership with St. Elizabeth Healthcare will provide a drive-thru testing site in Northern Kentucky.
A new partnership with St. Elizabeth Healthcare will provide a drive-thru testing site in Northern Kentucky. (Source: Commonwealth of Kentucky)

Kentucky will have a total of 17 drive-thru testing locations this week.

Testing is also available at healthcare facilities in Northern Kentucky, including at all St. Elizabeth Urgent Care centers and dedicated respiratory clinics. Find out more about coronavirus testing at St. Elizabeth here.

Reopening guidelines

The governor provided updated information for employers relaunching under Kentucky’s Healthy at Work initiative.

Under the schedule outlined by Beshear, more businesses will be allowed to open May 11 with new minimum requirements, as well as industry specific requirements. Among the businesses that will be allowed to operate:

Cases

Beshear reported 163 new confirmed virus cases Monday for a total of 5,245 on 60,046 tests.

The governor added what has become a welcome refrain in recent days, that case data is “steady," that Kentucky has flattened its curve and that possibly cases are in fact declining.

“Your actions are special,” he said. “They are selfless. I don’t think we’ve seen this out of a generation in my lifetime.”

Some 333 Kentuckians are hospitalized currently and 174 are in the ICU, he reported.

A total of 1,921 have recovered from the virus in the commonwealth.

Beshear said Sunday he did not receive any new deaths for that day’s reporting period, marking the first day without reported deaths in the commonwealth in at least a week.

Monday he announced eight new deaths for a total of 261.

In Northern Kentucky, there have been 309 cases in Kenton County, 97 in Campbell County, 172 in Boone County and 24 cases in Grant County. NKY has seen 40 total deaths.

Testing and Tracing

The governor said Kentucky is on track to beat a White House testing benchmark for reopening.

The White House recommends states be able to test 2 percent of their populations per month, which in Kentucky would equate to around 88,000 tests.

Beshear says, based on projections, Kentucky should be able to test 3 percent of its population on a monthly basis in the near future.

Contract tracing is also ramping up in the state, with the governor announcing an RFP for a 600-person contact tracing operation.

“In our new normal, if we want to open in a worldwide health pandemic, we have to accept that if we get a call and we ahem been in contact with someone who is positive and contagious in that time, we are going to have to quarantine,” he said.

The RFP is due Friday.

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