LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Health officials in Kentucky’s largest city are urging protesters to get tested for the coronavirus. In addition, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW) said in a statement that protesters should take precautions that include wearing face masks, staying in small groups that are 6 feet apart, and using signs and noisemakers instead of yelling.
Here's where protesters can get a free test Saturday and Sunday in Louisville. You don't have to live in Jefferson County to get a test.
LMPHW has approved Bluewater Diagnostic Laboratories to provide the free, walk-up only COVID-19 testing for protesters.
Tests will be conducted:
- Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7
- 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Parking lot bordered by 6th Street, Congress Alley and 7th and Market streets, directly behind City Hall.
- Anyone ages 6 months and older can be tested; they do not have to be a resident of Jefferson County.
A complete list of other testing locations in our community can be found here.
The city has had days of protests demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was killed by police in her home in Louisville in March.
The demonstrations also erupted over the death of a black man in Minneapolis — George Floyd — in an encounter with police.
“We understand it’s difficult to practice proper social distancing in large gatherings. Getting a test will help guard you and your loved ones’ health and will help us contain the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness and the city’s chief health strategist.
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