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Lexington looks to secure more COVID testing sites

file photo-Stu Johnson

Lexington city leaders are considering an expansion of coronavirus testing in the community. The issue was raised during last week’s City Council work session by member Richard Moloney. He spoke about long waits at the testing location on the University of Kentucky campus. He asked about the use of federal American Rescue Protection Act money. “Have you all come up with an idea that we can use some of that money to put those sites back, especially the Horse Park or maybe Keeneland or maybe…cause we were really aggressive before. But, now this thing is peaking and more than we’ve ever seen before,” said Moloney.

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton said American Rescue Protection Act funds could be used to set up additional COVID testing locations. She said other options are under consideration. “We have been working with Wild Health. We’re in discussions about where they might set up more testing sites,” explained Gorton.

Council Member Jennifer Reynolds said there are many testing options in Lexington, beyond the Kroger Field site. Lexington, she said, is ahead of the curve adding that some states have little or no public testing available.

Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 35 years. His primary beat is Lexington/Fayette government.
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