© 2022 Cincinnati Public Radio
Connecting You to a World of Ideas
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Local News
As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

Kroger Opening COVID-19 Drive-Thru Test Site In Cincinnati For Two Days

Al Behrman

Kroger Health plans to open a drive-thru COVID-19 testing location at the Dunham Recreation Center in West Price Hill/Westwood. Testing will be available by appointment Thursday and Friday.

The company has similar locations in Kentucky, and announced Monday it would expand to 50 locations in more than 12 states.

People who want to be tested must make an appointment in advance and meet CDC requirements for testing.

Erin Rolfes with Kroger said everyone will remain in their cars during the testing process.

"You'll crack your window when an associate tells you to, and you'll receive a swab through the window," Rolfes said. "It's not the really long swab, the scary one you've been hearing about, it's a shorter one. The nurse practitioner and the folks on-site will walk you through how to administrator the test, so they'll watch you do it and make sure it's done properly."

Rolfes said the goal is to report back the test results in 48 hours.

She said the site at Dunham should be able to test 500 people during the two days.

You can access Kroger Health's free virtual screening tool to determine if testing is appropriate for you at krogerhealth.com/covidtesting.

In a release, Kroger said the screening tool was adapted from CDC recommendations and is intended to identify patients most in need of testing.

Additionally, the website is updated weekly as new testing sites continue to open across the country.