LEXINGTON, Ky. — As positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise, that means more people are getting tested. The governor announced four new COVID-19 community testing sites are now open in Corbin, Morehead, Pikeville and Danville.
What You Need To Know
- Danville has a new COVID-19 testing site
- The testing site will conduct PCR testing, with results coming back in typically 24 hours
- The drive-thru site is run by Gravity Diagnostics
- Danville testing site will be open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. - Noon at 224 Southtown Drive in Danville
Boyle County has a new COVID-19 testing site. Clinical specialist Jordan Kelsey said their hope for this new location is to take away stress from other testing locations in the area.
“We're trying to relieve the hospital and some of these clinics to release some of their testing needs so they can focus on other things. And also this is for the community, in general, the schools, K through 12, they're going back to school so we're trying to prevent any outbreaks to allow them to go school every day,” Kelsey said.
The drive-thru site is run by Gravity Diagnostics. It'll have PCR testing, with results coming back typically within 24 hours.
“Rapid tests have their purpose but at our laboratory, we can actually test them on instrumentation that will give us very very precise and accurate results, the turnaround time is a little bit longer than a rapid test but you're guaranteed to get really good results that way,” Kelsey said.
The company has worked with the state and plans to be in Danville for some time. Using different techniques, he hopes people who are hesitant of getting tested will consider using their new site.
“At our drive-in clinic we actually have nasal swabs, they're not the nasopharyngeal swab so we're able to swab just inside the nose, we don't have to go really deep in the nose so it's not as invasive as what people are used to,” Kelsey said.
As someone who is from Boyle county, Kelsey said this testing location is important to him, and it gives him an opportunity to protect his community.
“It was very important to me to try to get as many people tested in this area as we could just so that we can try to keep the community COVID under control. We know the hospitals have been having a lot of cases there and the ICU is filling up. So we want to work in the community as much as we can to try to keep this at bay and keep everybody healthy and safe,” Kelsey said.
As of now, the Danville testing site will be open seven days a week, from 7 a.m.- Noon at 224 Southtown Drive, Danville, KY 40422