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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Louisville

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Louisville, KY. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market – to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Louisville’s leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you’re looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Louisville. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it’s easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Louisville, KY. We’re proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We’re here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That’s why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain

So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Louisville,
what are we talking about?

Feta Cheese

Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

Baklava

Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Louisville, KY, you won’t want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it’s no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It’s best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party – you’re almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

Shawarma

Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason – this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Louisville, KY.

Hummus

Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That’s because it’s considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there’s one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you’re looking to make some positive changes in your life, this “diet” is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures’ foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke – especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery – we’re always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

1.

Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It’s refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

2.

Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn’t have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

3.

Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don’t start with meats and sweets.

4.

They’re tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

5.

Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

6.

Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you’re essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That’s great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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Louisville hospitals face record-breaking admissions, blame rise in COVID-19 cases

Doctors say if you aren't vaccinated or boosted, the time is now to roll up your sleeve.LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Hospitals across Louisville reported record-breaking COVID-19 hospitalizations on Wednesday, Jan. 12.Louisville Metro Health officials said it’s likely one in 15 people in Jefferson County have the virus."We need ...

Doctors say if you aren't vaccinated or boosted, the time is now to roll up your sleeve.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Hospitals across Louisville reported record-breaking COVID-19 hospitalizations on Wednesday, Jan. 12.

Louisville Metro Health officials said it’s likely one in 15 people in Jefferson County have the virus.

"We need help from everyone,” Charlotte Ipsan, chief administrative officer at Norton Women's & Children's Hospital, said.

A month ago, Ipsan said Norton was treating roughly 200 COVID-19 patients.

As of Wednesday, they’re treating 298.

"That's the highest number of hospitalizations we've seen since the beginning of the pandemic," Ipsan said.

Norton Hospital has 23 COVID-19 patients on ventilators, which is fewer than they’ve seen with other surges, but with record hospitalization rates, Ipsan said she’s still concerned and is urging everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated.

“Yes, the ventilator usage is much lower than what we saw in other parts of the pandemic," Ipsan said. "But if you are vaccinated, if you are boosted, you are less likely to need hospitalization."

Baptist Health Louisville is currently treating 179 COVID patients, which is more than triple what it was last month. On Dec. 10, they were treating 52 COVID patients.

As with most hospitals around Kentucky and the nation, doctors said the majority of those being treated at Baptist are not vaccinated or have some underlying illness.

Something new with the omicron variant though, is doctors are starting to see more vaccinated people come into the hospital if they haven’t been boosted.

"We're still seeing sick people,” Dr. Chuck Anderson, chief medical officer at Baptist Health, said. We're seeing more people with partial vaccinations that might need hospitalization because they have other illnesses."

Anderson said that with 1 in 15 people possibly having the virus, "a lot of people are not coming into the hospital, but because it’s so many people, we are seeing an increase in our numbers."

He said 20 people are currently in their ICU. Of those, 16 are not vaccinated. Four people are vaccinated but have underlying conditions.

University of Louisville Health said they can't provide a hard number on COVID hospitalizations since bed numbers are constantly changing throughout the day, but say they are fine on bed space and ICU space at this time.

Both Norton and Baptist Health said they are doing okay with capacity at this time as well.

'Just assume that one of 15 people you see when you're out in public has COVID'

WHAS11 News received questions from viewers on where the one in 15 number reported by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness came from, so our team looked into that.

Over a 10 day period – Jan. 1 through Jan. 10 – there were 21,447 positive tests in Louisville.

Take that figure and divide it by Louisville Metro's population, which is roughly 766,757, and you get about 3%.

Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, said data they’re seeing from wastewater surveillance shows that 3% number is likely about half of what it should be.

"From our wastewater and our test positivity, we know there are people that we are missing that are not testing positive,” Moyer said. “So we think it's at least double that, which would be 6%, which is about one in 15 people currently testing positive."

Health experts said while omicron isn't as severe as other variants, people are still getting very sick and suggest following basic mitigation measures like frequent hand washing, masking and getting vaccinated.

"Just assume that one of 15 people you see when you're out in public has COVID,” Moyer said.

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Louisville Hires Wesley McGriff as Co-Defensive Coordinator

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville head football coach announced Wednesday that Wesley McGriff has been added to his coaching staff as the Cardinals' co-defensive coordinator."Wesley McGriff is an extremely experienced and accomplished coach who has track record of helping young men achieve great success on the field and assisting in building solid defenses," Satterfield said. "With his experience, he will come to Louisville and make an immediate impact on our defense and our program. His background at the Power...

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville head football coach announced Wednesday that Wesley McGriff has been added to his coaching staff as the Cardinals' co-defensive coordinator.

"Wesley McGriff is an extremely experienced and accomplished coach who has track record of helping young men achieve great success on the field and assisting in building solid defenses," Satterfield said. "With his experience, he will come to Louisville and make an immediate impact on our defense and our program. His background at the Power 5 level and in the National Football League will help him hit the ground running as he builds great relationships with our players and on the recruiting trail."

A native of Tifton, Ga., McGriff comes to Louisville after one season at Florida where he served as the secondary coach. The Gators were one of the top teams against the pass, finishing 25th nationally with an average of 203.9 yards through the air.

Before his stint at Florida, McGriff spent two seasons at Auburn in 2019 and 2020.

Auburn's defense ranked eighth nationally in both red-zone and third-down defense in 2019, allowing only 19.5 points per game against a schedule that featured six 11-win opponents. Cornerback Noah Igbinoghene was a first-round pick of the Miami Dolphins and Daniel Thomas (Jacksonville) was afifth-round selection that season.

McGriff served as defensive coordinator at Mississippi during the 2016-17 seasons, adding the title of associate head coach during his second season. During the 2016 campaign, McGriff guided a defense that included NFL draft picks in Breeland Speaks (second round) and Marquis Haynes (fourth round); the pair combined for 14.5 sacks, and both earned second team all-SEC honors.

Linebacker DeMarquis Gates had his biggest season, registering 114 tackles, the most by a Rebel in a single season since 2006. In 2017, sophomore linebacker Mohamed Sanogo was fourth in the SEC with 112 tackles and joined Gates in 2017 as the only two Ole Miss defenders with 100+ tackles in the previous 12 seasons.

McGriff spent three seasons in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints, working with the defensive backs. In his first two seasons, McGriff oversaw the development of safeties Rafael Bush, Kenny Vaccaro and Pierre Warren and cornerback Terrence Frederick, while also depending on safety Jairus Byrd and cornerback Keenan Lewis, who led the Saints with 13 passes defensed, while adding two interceptions. Vaccaro led the New Orleans secondary with 113 tackles.

In his first season in New Orleans, the Saints ranked fourth in the NFL in total defense (305.7 ypg.), second in opponent passing yards per game (194.1 ypg.) and fourth in scoring defense (19.0 ppg.), posting an 11-5 record and advancing to the divisional round of the playoffs. McGriff spent 2012 as co-defensive coordinator/cornerbacks at Ole Miss, which finished second in the SEC and in the top 15 in the NCAA in tackles for a loss (7.7) and sacks per game (2.8). Linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche was named to the FWAA All-America and SEC all-freshman teams, defensive tackle Isaac Gross earned conference all-freshman honors and was named to the CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman All-America team and safety Trae Elston was named to the ESPN SEC all-freshman team.

McGriff spent the 2011 season as defensive backs coach/recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt, where he helped the Commodores to only their fifth all-time bowl appearance. His secondary produced 12 interceptions (three returned for TD). McGriff helped Green Bay Packer Casey Hayward become the first Vanderbilt All-American in four years, posting seveninterceptions, the third-highest season total ever by a Commodore.

McGriff spent four seasons as the secondary coach at Miami (Fla.). In 2010, the Hurricanes ranked second in the nation in pass defense, allowing just 164.3 yards per game; the Miami defense ranked 16th nationally and 21st in scoring defense. In 2009, he tutored All-America defensive back Brandon Harris, seven-year NFL veteran safety Kenny Phillips (2007 All-American and first round NFL draft pick) and Green Bay defensive back Sam Shields. McGriff served as the defensive backs coach/recruiting coordinator at Baylor from 2003-06 and enjoyed his first SEC stint at Kentucky from 2001-02.

He spent 2000 as the secondary coach at Eastern Kentucky where he mentored all-Ohio Valley Conference DB Yeremiah Bell, who was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round in 2003. From 1995-99, McGriff served in multiple roles including assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Kentucky State and was named the AFCA's NCAA Division II National Assistant Coach of the Year.

He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Savannah State, from 1990-94. Starting as a graduate assistant, McGriff tutored running backs before coaching the secondary in 1991 and later serving as defensive coordinator and interim head coach.

McGriff started at linebacker for Savannah State from 1987-89 and was named the conference's 1989 Male Academic Athlete of the Year. He received his bachelor's degree while graduating cum laude in 1990 and earned a master's in public administration from Georgia Southern in 1993. McGriff was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Armyin 1990 and was a member of the Army Reserves until 2001.

(Photo of Wesley McGriff via SI's AllGators)

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COVID-19 updates for Kentucky: Here's what's happening now amid virus and omicron surge

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — This blog is updated daily with the latest information on COVID vaccine plans and coronavirus updates from Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and health officials.The Kentucky Department of Health now confirms 952,956 total cases, with 7,593 being new.They also confirmed 11,232 total deaths. Health o...

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — This blog is updated daily with the latest information on COVID vaccine plans and coronavirus updates from Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and health officials.

The Kentucky Department of Health now confirms 952,956 total cases, with 7,593 being new.

They also confirmed 11,232 total deaths. Health officials confirmed 21 new total deaths.

The current positivity rate is 27.39%.

Gov. Andy Beshear said he is reporting "the highest COVID report since the pandemic began."

Today, I am reporting the highest COVID report since the pandemic began, with 11,232 newly reported cases and a record positivity rate of 27.39%. Our hospitals are becoming strained and we're seeing impacts in our schools and communities. Mask up, get your vaccine and booster. pic.twitter.com/RjDdZAcesD

— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) January 12, 2022

Hospitals across Louisville reported record-breaking COVID-19 hospitalizations. As of Wednesday, here are the reported numbers from the hospitals treating patients for COVID-related complications:

Tuesday, Jan. 11

The Oldham County School Board voted Monday to require all students, staff and visitors to wear masks in all buildings for the next two weeks during the day and at their enrichment centers.

The Kentucky Department of Health reports 651,165 confirmed cases, and 10,913 deaths due to COVID-19.

Of those, 3,784 are new cases and 13 new deaths.

The positivity rate is still 26.33%.

There are currently 8,836 (66.8%) people hospitalized and 1,261(87.2%) in intensive care.

Only 673 people are on ventilators.

The city is currently on a red level alert and reported 16,287 last week compared to the previous week.

The neighborhoods with high levels of the omicron variant in wastewater include Shawnee, Fern Creek, Cedar Creek, Newburg, Heritage Creek and Fairdale.

Louisville also set a record high of hospitalizations with 413, surpassing the previous record of 399 set in Dec. 2020.

Jefferson County is reporting 159,957 total cases.

During an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box," Bourla said the vaccine "will be ready in March” and his company has already begun manufacturing doses.

Pfizer's CEO acknowledged that he doesn't know whether the omicron-specific vaccine will be needed or how it'll be used, but if there's a need there will be doses ready once approved.

Gov. Andy Beshear said in a news conference Jan. 10 there were 52,603 total cases last week.

Over the weekend 11,985 cases and 53 deaths were reported.

According to Beshear one in four people are testing positive and the positivity rate is now 26.33%.

"It should shock you," Beshear said. "If we don't take this seriously, people die. And not just people who contract COVID. People who have heart attacks, people who have strokes, people who are in car accidents because beds are taken up, taken up primarily by unvaccinated Kentuckians leaving no room for those that need other help."

Watch Dr. Sarah Moyer's live COVID-19 update here:

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1 in 15 people have COVID-19 infection in Jefferson County, health officials estimate

Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness said multiple neighborhoods are showing "extremely high levels" of COVID-19 in wastewater samples.LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Officials with Metro Public Health and Wellness say the omicron variant of COVID-19 is spreading in Louisville at an alarming rate.Doctors with the...

Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness said multiple neighborhoods are showing "extremely high levels" of COVID-19 in wastewater samples.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Officials with Metro Public Health and Wellness say the omicron variant of COVID-19 is spreading in Louisville at an alarming rate.

Doctors with the health department said Tuesday that the city is currently on a red level alert and reported 16,287 last week compared to the previous week. All signs of new infections point to wastewater samples collected.

“It’s clear from our wastewater data that COVID is everywhere. We are seeing levels 10 times higher than at the peak of the delta wave in August,” said Dr. Sarah Moyer, the director of the Department of Public Health and Wellness. “We know from the wastewater as well that omicron has virtually replaced delta and is now the main variant in our community sewage samples.”

Moyer said multiple communities – Shawnee, Fern Creek/Cedar Creek, Newburg/Heritage Creek and Fairdale - are showing extremely high levels of COVID-19 in wastewater samples. They are urging everyone in those communities to get tested.

“When you look at the areas of the city with the lowest vaccination rates, they also have some of the highest wastewater levels of COVID and the highest number of infected people today,” Dr. Moyer said. “In those communities, we are concerned that there’s probably twice as many people positive.”

According to health department data, 3% of Louisville’s population is infected with the virus, but health officials believe that number could be much higher.

“Doubling that means 6%, or six out of every 100 people in a room would test positive. That’s one of every 15 people that you see is positive for COVID,” Moyer said.

The high number of infections also means an uptick in hospitalizations. Health officials said about 90 more people have been admitted to the hospital within the last seven days.

Louisville set a record high of hospitalizations with 413, surpassing the previous record of 399 set in Dec. 2020. Officials are reminding those who are unvaccinated that the virus can cause a strain on hospitals and resources.

According to associate medical director Dr. SarahBeth Hartlage, while omicron may give someone a mild infection, those who are unvaccinated, immunocompromised or people who do not know they are high risk could still face a severe infection.

On the flip side, Hartlage said the health department is seeing a slight uptrend in vaccinations.

An estimated 73.1% of Louisvillians have received one dose of the vaccine with 62% completing the vaccine series and 40.1% receiving a booster.

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Louisville drive-thru COVID-19 test site opens at Churchill Downs; Here's how to preregister

The six-lane COVID-19 testing site is expected to open on Monday. You must preregister.LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The highly infectious omicron variant is blamed in the COVID-19 surge across Kentuckiana. Now, Louisville officials are looking to increase mass testing access to residents.Mayor Greg Fischer said in ...

The six-lane COVID-19 testing site is expected to open on Monday. You must preregister.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The highly infectious omicron variant is blamed in the COVID-19 surge across Kentuckiana. Now, Louisville officials are looking to increase mass testing access to residents.

Mayor Greg Fischer said in a Thursday press conference that Louisville has plenty of vaccines and booster shots available for residents.

He said now the focus is on testing, announcing a new partnership between the city and Bluewater Diagnostics to open a mass drive-through testing facility at Churchill Downs.

The site opened on Monday, Jan. 10 and will remain open to the public until it isn't needed. Tests are free of charge.

" Its very convenient the COVID tests are still out everywhere. So this is a much easier faster way," Jonny Rodriguez said.

"We got here at 7 o'clock this morning and we probably had over 150 cars in line already before we could even plug in our electricity." English said.

The location has a total of six lane with two of them dedicated to rapid testing for the city's employees and staff and K-12th grade students

According to Dina English with Bluewater Diagnostic Laboratories, rapid tests are reserved for the Metro employees and K-12 testing. So if you come to Churchill Downs and go through one of the four public lanes, you'll be getting a PCR test which typically takes 48 to 72 hours to get results.

The Churchill Downs testing location will be available every Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the orange parking lot.

Pre-registration is required, which can be done online.

"What we're trying to avoid here is our hospital system being overrun with patients," Fischer said. "That pushes the most serous health challenges out into the community, and the wait times for people to be serviced in the hospital would become unacceptable."

Residents will need to bring a government issued ID (driver's license or passport) and their insurance card. If you don't have insurance, be prepared to give a Bluewater employee your social security number.

"I think its pretty amazing they should have thought of this long before now," Vania Jackson said, who waited in line for the test. "It wasn't hard. It was very simple to sign up and then this process here has been pretty quick. So its no problem at all. "

About 1,265 tests were given on Monday. Officials said an estimated average of 1,000 to 3,000 tests can be done daily at the new testing site with a total capacity of 5,000.

Find an at-home COVID-19 test

WHAS11 has compiled a list of local testing options via the Team Kentucky website.

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