Free drive-thru test sites open in Hamilton County, NKY as virus spikes across region

Free COVID-19 testing this week at ‘pop-up sites’ in Hamilton County

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The recent spike in new COVID-19 case across Hamilton County has prompted state and local health officials to create pop-up testing sites.

The testing sites are located in Forest Park and Mt. Airy.

Pop-up testing aims to serve areas without sites and targets minority communities, but testing is open to anyone.

The tests are also free. You do not need a doctor’s referral, and you do not have to be showing symptoms of coronavirus.

Appointments are suggested but not required. Results will come back in as few as 24 hours.

Testing will be conducted by the National Guard.

Here are the dates and locations from the state’s website:

Monday, June 29

  • 5730 Colerain Avenue in Mt. Airy: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts on 2280 Waycross Road in Forest Park: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, June 30

  • 5730 Colerain Avenue in Mt. Airy: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • World of Deliverance Ministries at 639 Fresno Road in Forest Park: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 1

  • 5730 Colerain Avenue in Mt. Airy: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Forest Chapel United Methodist Church at 680 West Sharon Road in Forest Park: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday, July 2

  • Walmart at 1143 Smiley Road in Forest Park: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Hamilton County Public Health also set up walk-up and drive-through testing sites in areas of concern throughout the county: Forest Park, Delhi Township, North College Hill and Colerain Township.

Kentucky Gov. Beshear announced a drive-thru testing site for COVID-19 in Kenton County as well.

Health officials say new daily COVID-19 cases have doubled locally over the last week.

“Maybe a month ago we were seeing about 5 percent of the people we tested were positive,” Cincinnati Assistant Health Commissioner Domonic Hopson said. “Now that number is up above 10 percent."

Hopson explained: “It’s in conjunction of two things. We have more people that are being tested, but also we’ve seen that the virus is spreading somewhat faster than it was before.”

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