Law enforcement is investigating several controversial pop-up coronavirus test sites operating in Louisville this week that the city’s Metro Council president characterized as “scams.”
City and state officials are advising residents to avoid the sites for testing, and Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack said Wednesday all testing sites must work with the state.
Two medical marketing companies peddling coronavirus tests – including one that promises results in 24 hours – charged individuals who exhibited symptoms up to $250 per test.
The sites have been in various locations around the city, including a church, a Christian mission, and a Marathon gas station.
Price tags of $200 for tests at two sites
Louisville Metro Council President David James told The Louisville Courier Journal, part of the USA TODAY Network, on Wednesday that the tests are scams.
City officials said they didn’t know about the test sites before they began operating this week, but an email indicates the city provided guidance about health reporting requirements to Edward Beighley, president of BCK Marketing, who coordinated one of the testing locations.
Beighley’s communication with the city was after the site was already up and running, but no one told him to stop operating, he said.
“It’s a slap in the face,” said Beighley, adding that he was interviewed by the FBI on Tuesday.
Louisville resident Darryl Davis was one of those who used the pop-up testing. He had been sent home from his job as a home remodeler because he had a cough and was told not to work until cleared by a doctor.