Due to the number of people taking advantage of free COVID-19 testing at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC), the number of tests that can be performed each day has nearly doubled.  PMC officials say they are pleased to see the number of people throughout the region taking an active role in trying to minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“We began the drive-thru testing for the public Tuesday morning, and knew almost immediately we needed more testing capability,” reported PMC Chief Operating Officer Kansas Justice. “On Tuesday, we reached our maximum allotment of 70 tests by 1:00 pm.  On Wednesday, we hit that number before noon.”

As soon as it was evident that more tests were needed, PMC Vice President of the Board of Directors and CEO, Donovan Blackburn, reached out to state leaders in Frankfort.

“PMC has a great working relationship with Governor Andy Beshear and Steven Stack, MD, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health,” explained Blackburn.  “Dr. Stack recognized the need for more tests here in Pike County and began working immediately to help make that happen.  On our third day of drive-thru testing, our capability jumped from 70 to 125, and we are extremely grateful.”

The free COVID-19 testing is the result of a partnership between PMC and the Pike County Health Department, who are working hand-in-hand to minimize the effect the worldwide pandemic could have on Eastern Kentucky.

COVID-19 tests are performed Tuesday through Friday from 8 am until 4 pm beside Landmark Hotel at 172 South Mayo Trail, behind the former Leonard Lawson Cancer Center.  The testing site is easy to navigate with clearly marked directions.  Testing begins with a quick stop at a patient registration area, and instructions for completing the test will follow. PMC staff will collect samples car-side, resulting in limited exposure to others. The entire testing process takes a minimal amount of time, making being tested for COVID-19 more convenient for everyone.

No appointments or physician orders are required for testing.