Fayette Co. Public Schools offering free COVID-19 tests for employees, students

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56/WKYT) – One age group hit in Kentucky’s COVID-19 surge is children.

Kentucky added more than 4,600 new COVID cases on Tuesday, and almost a third of those were in children 18 and younger.

We’re seeing a climb in the younger age groups, and people in their 20s make up the largest age range for new cases. Part of this trend is causing a concern in Fayette County, and the school district is making a push to offer COVID testing. It’s something that school leaders say is needed right now.

For hundreds of Fayette County students and staff, the long awaited in-person instruction has become virtual again.

“What we’re finding is our students are coming to us from their home environment, or from a public environment or our staff are coming in after being exposed elsewhere. It’s causing us to have issues in our school buildings,” FCPS Superintendent Dr. Demetrus Liggins said.

Tuesday alone, there were close to 70 reported cases in Fayette County Public Schools. For those 70 cases, there are 500 people who now have to quarantine.

“Our number one goal this school year is to make sure in-person learning continues for all of our scholars at all of our campuses,” Liggins said.

But Lexington testing sites have long lines and some have no appointments all together. And if people can’t get their COVID tests, they can’t get out of quarantine.

“The federal government has provided each state with money to provide testing for the K-12 population,” said Anthony Remington, CEO of Gravity Diagnostics.

The school district was one of few to apply for it. The funding is allowing them to partner with Kentucky-based lab Gravity Diagnostics to open seven drive-thru testing sites that offer same-day results.

“It’s a nice peace of mind for parents, students and faculty to have this resource available for them,” Remington said.

Remington is encouraging other districts to follow this lead, creating a fast turnaround to get students back in school.

No appointments are necessary and drive-thru testing will be available at the following sites:

People can go to any of the testing sites regardless of where they work or attend school.

Wild Health and the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government are also opening the following walk-up clinic testing sites, which will operate from 2 to 6 p.m. Same day appointments are available there.

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