With still relatively few eastern Kentuckians getting tested for COVID-19, Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporations will step up the pace with two free three-day drive-through test sites.
The Whitesburg-based company will hold testing May 15, 16, and 18 at its new campus at the old Whitesburg High School, 38 College Drive, just off the Whitesburg Bypass. The testing will be offered the same three days at the MCHC Harlan Clinic, 132 Village Center Road in Harlan.
Testing in Whitesburg will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday.
In Harlan, the testing will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday.
The testing is open to everyone over 18 without a doctor’s referral. If a child has symptoms, the clinic is asking that the child be taken to the clinic to be assessed and screened.
Anyone who attends is also asked to wear a cloth mask, and not to get out of their car. Everyone who is tested will be asked to self-isolate until the tests results are available, which could take three to four days.
Residents should call (606) 633-6067 or (606) 573- 4873 to schedule a time to be tested. Those without an appointment should expect a longer wait time.
So far, three people in Letcher County have tested positive for COVID-19, and only one has tested positive in Harlan County, a result that is suspected to be artificially low because of a lack of testing.
In Pike County, there have been 18 confirmed cases, 16 in Perry, four in Knott, and five in Leslie.
Wise County, Va., has 22 confirmed cases, with another 2 in the City of Norton.