Kroger and Governor Andy Beshear Announce First COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Site in Kentucky

Testing will begin Monday April 13 – Thursday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Franklin County Fairgrounds
(LOUISVILLE – April 12, 2020) - Today, during Governor Andy Beshear’s daily press conference, Kroger announced that it is partnering with the state on its first drive-thru Covid-19 testing site. The first location will begin testing Monday, April 13 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds.

The Governor and President of Kroger Health, Colleen Lindholz, thanked project partners UPS, Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, Kentucky Department of Public Health, Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Kentucky National Guard and Franklin County for helping make this possible.

“We are excited about this and think it is going to be an incredible benefit to the commonwealth. The potential in this program can almost double to amount of testing we have right now,” said Governor Beshear.

“Kroger health’s vision is to help people live healthier lives, and it has never been more important as we help to expand testing across the Commonwealth,” said Colleen Lindholz, President of Kroger Health. “This work, like all work we do, is guided by our values and our promise- to Feed the Human Spirit. We continue to make decisions that balance the safety of our associates with our commitments to our customers and communities. That is why Kroger and The Little Clinic will be donating all professional services at drive-thru testing facilities, these services include ordering and observing the COVID-19 tests.

Kentuckians can register at or call 1-888-852-2567 (select option 1, then option 3).

People seeking a test will use a virtual screening tool based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to see if they are eligible. Those who are eligible for the testing, include CDC priority 1 and 2. Criteria for testing includes persons with COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) who:
  • Are health care Workers
  • Are first Responders (EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement)
  • Are 65-years of age or older
  • Have a chronic health condition (heart disease, lung disease or an immune system-lowering condition like diabetes)

Those eligible will next select a testing location and appointment time. Then, registrants will receive an email confirmation with pre-appointment paperwork to complete. When a person arrives for their test, they should have their photo ID ready and should leave their window rolled up for check-in, until a health care practitioner comes to the car to administer the test.

The drive-thru testing locations will feature a self-administered nasal swab that must be ordered and observed by a provider. Kroger has determined that this testing methodology is beneficial as it increases the number of tests that can be provided while also conserving the amount of personal protective equipment that is utilized.

Test results are expected within approximately 48 hours. The Franklin County testing site is estimated to handle 250 vehicles per day.

About Kroger Health:
Kroger Health, the healthcare arm of The Kroger Co., is one of America's leading retail healthcare organizations, with over 2,000 pharmacies and 200 clinics in 35 states serving more than 14 million customers. Our team of 22,000 healthcare practitioners - from pharmacists and nurse practitioners, to dietitians and technicians - help simplify healthcare by providing solutions that combine health, wellness, and nutrition, connecting with customers on an emotional and personal level. We’re also pioneering new work to help drive food as medicine in order to prevent illness before it starts. Learn more at

About The Kroger Co.:
At The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®. We are, across our family of companies, nearly half a million associates who serve over 11 million customers daily through a seamless shopping experience under a variety of banner names. We are committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To learn more about us, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.