Editor's note: This article was updated at 10:52 a.m. on May 28 to correct information regarding drive-thru testing. Drive-thru testing is no longer being offered in Richmond at this time. Additional testing sites are included below. 

Madison County is reporting almost 1,200 tests for COVID-19 completed during Richmond's three-day drive-thru testing last week, according to Dustin Heiser, director of Madison County Emergency Management.

"As many of you know, testing sites at the university opened last week," he said. "I believe we were five people short of 1,200 people tested last week, which is fantastic."

Up until Tuesday, there had been no new cases reported for Madison County for five consecutive days. Wednesday afternoon, however, the Madison County Health Department reported three new cases, bringing the total cases in Madison County to 48.

Forty-one of those cases are reported to have been recovered.

In addressing the Fiscal Court Tuesday morning, Heiser said the EMA group has been operating 24/7 and declared a state of emergency for the county and both cities.

"As we have worked through this last eight or nine weeks, there has been a lot going on," Heiser said.

Additionally the group works with health care facilities, as well as public and private stakeholders to keep open lines of communication throughout this event.

Heiser explained, EMA's biggest task is supporting the need for personal protection equipment, or PPE, with his office having received 220 requests for PPE.

"Initially there was a stockpile of PPE which got pushed down from the state to the county, and we warehouse that here, and our staff has worked diligently to pass out that equipment as the need has come through. We had and still have a process for requests, which includes documenting inventory and items coming in and out and support those entities as needed," Heiser said.

He assured PPE is still coming in, having just picked up a shipment out of Lexington last week to help long-term care facilities throughout this week.

Additionally, his office is in constant communication with the health department and has been since day one, supporting EMA with logistical resources.

"We rely more on the health department for medical aspects and tracking the outbreak and contacting those who have come into contact with the disease," he said.

Heiser reported also an agreement between the county, cities and two hotels to house first responders if they were to contract the virus and did not want to quarantine at home, potentially exposing their loved ones.

While that support is in place, the director said the county is fortunate to not have used it.

During his presentation, Magistrate Tom Botkin asked Heiser if he knew how much money the county would receive from the $300 million awarded to Kentucky to help county and city governments.

County Judge/Executive Reagan Taylor said the amount allocated to the county would be determined based on its population of roughly 92,000 people.

"Counties and cities get portions, and the Madison County allocation could be up to $3.1 or $3.2 million," Taylor said. "There are specific things these funds have to be used for, it is not just a blank check."

Heiser echoed similar statements saying the funds received were to support the local government's response to the coronavirus now, or in the future if we were to see a resurgence.

"This is a reimbursement grant. It is not just 'Here is a check,' it is a reimbursement process," Heiser said. "The county has to front that cost initially. We are working to see what that is best suited to spend that on."

Other Richmond testing sites

• Family Healthcare Clinic, 1012 Center Drive, Richmond. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Contact 859-626-9696.

• Madison Family Clinic, 2161 Lexington Road, Suite 5, Richmond. Contact 859-626-7794.

• Richmond Family Medicine, Jason Drive, Suite 9, Richmond. Contact 859-575-4075.

• White House Clinic, 401 Highland Park Drive, Richmond. Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday's hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact 859-626-7700.

• Central Kentucky Urgent Care, 103 Keystone Drive, Richmond. Open Sunday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Contact 859-353-8884.

• Baptist Health Urgent Care, 648 University Shopping Center, Richmond. Contact 859-623-1950.

• Baptist Health Richmond Emergency Room. Contact 859-623-3131.

Berea testing sites

• Berea Urgent Care, 234 Brentwood St., Berea. Open Saturday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Contact 859-985-0302.

• White House Clinic, 104 Legacy Drive, Berea. Contact 859-986-2323.

• Berea Primary Care, 305 Estill St., Berea. Contact 859-985-1415.

• Medical Laser Rural Family Practice, 133 Plaza Drive, Suite 3, Berea. Contact 859-986-1370.

• Saint Joseph Berea Hospital Emergency Room, 305 Estill St., Berea.

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