DECATUR, Ala. (WAFF) - More than 400 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Morgan County this week thanks to a free clinic offered by Kroger pharmacies.
Now, Kroger is extending Decatur’s free clinic to next week. It will take place June 23-25 from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Epic Church at 607 14th St.. Enter the lot from Bassett Avenue.
People seeking a test will use a virtual screening tool based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.
You don’t need to be have symptoms to be tested. Anyone with health concerns is eligible for testing. However, you must schedule an apportionment at www.krogerhealth.com/covidtesting.
Kroger pharmacist Jennifer Kilgore said people who received the free Kroger pharmacy COVID-19 test can expect results in 48 hours.
“We are grateful to the Alabama Department of Health for connecting Kroger Health with our city for this opportunity for the citizens of our community,” Decatur Mayor Tab Bowling said in a news release. “Increased testing opportunities are vital as we continue to get people back to work.”
During this week’s three-day event, hundreds of Morgan County residents came out to take COVID-19 tests. The clinic tested on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
“Information is power when it comes to a pandemic, so if we can let as many people know if they are positive or negative that have been tested, obviously that helps to reduce the spread of COVID-19.” said Kilgore.
Kilgore says they’ve tested about 150 people each day.
Due to the high volume of people wanting tests, Kilgore says they're doing the same thing next week.
“There is a need here in Morgan County for testing, so with that we decided that another week would be beneficial to the community,” she said.
With the rapid increase of positive cases in the county, health experts are recommending you come out and take the free test.
They’re also recommending you continue following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Alabama Department of Public Health.
“As a health care professional, I think it’s a personal responsibility. If you can, wear a mask, just to protect not only yourself but your fellow folks out in the public. Also, wash your hands and just be mindful,” Kilgore said.