Kentucky official: Don’t go to ER just for COVID test

Published 4:59 am Friday, August 20, 2021

Kentuckians who are not in need of emergency care should not visit hospitals for COVID-19 testing and should go to a pharmacy or contact their local health department for more resources instead, said Kentucky’s public health commissioner, Dr. Steven Stack.

Kentucky’s emergency rooms have been reeling from record-high ICU admissions among virus patients, Stack said Thursday. Patients who arrive at hospitals seeking only a test may have to wait hours and could be billed even if they leave without being tested.

Information on how to find a COVID-19 testing site in Kentucky is available online at