Campus News

UK COVID-19 Testing Site to Move From College Way to Kroger Field Parking Lot Dec. 7

photo of covid testing at Kroger Field in August - cars driving through testing area
COVID-19 testing at Kroger Field took place at the beginning of the fall semester at UK. Pete Comparoni | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2020) — The free, public drive-thru COVID-19 testing location offered by the University of Kentucky at College Way off Alumni Drive will move to Kroger Field parking lot beginning Monday, Dec. 7. The move will allow for more space to test more people.

“To meet the demand for more testing of Lexington area residents, we are expanding our capacity by moving to the Kroger Field location,” said UK Police Chief Joe Monroe who is heading up UK’s Emergency Operations Center during the coronavirus pandemic. “We also are expanding the hours of operation through Dec. 30.”

The drive-thru testing site will be located in the Blue Lot at Kroger Field with entry from Alumni Drive. The site will allow for six lanes of cars; that’s four more lanes than were available at the College Way site.

Also, the operation hours will increase by two more hours daily. Testing will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week at the Kroger Field location and at UK’s other testing site — Eastern State Hospital at 1350 Bull Lea Road. Testing at both sites is free and open to the public.

Appointments can be made for both locations at this website: Lexington.wildhealth.com. Pre-scheduling an appointment will help expedite waiting times.

“As Kentucky is seeing a surge in positive cases of COVID-19, we want to do our part to test as many people as possible through the end of the year,” Monroe said. “Our goal is to test more than 40,000 people this month between both sites, and we can accomplish that with this expansion of capacity and hours.”

Both Kroger Field and Eastern State Hospital testing sites are operated by UK’s testing partner Wild Health, who has administered more than 40,500 nasal swab tests at the two sites since Aug. 24. Wild Health performs the reverse transcription - polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.