Officials urge protesters to get tested for coronavirus

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Health officials in Kentucky’s largest city are urging protesters to get tested for the coronavirus.

In addition, protesters should also take precautions that include wearing face masks, staying in small groups that are 6 feet apart, and using signs and noisemakers instead of yelling, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness said in a statement.

“We encourage those who have been participating in the demonstrations since last Thursday to get a free COVID-19 test,” Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness Director Sarah Moyer said.

There have been more than 2,500 cases of coronavirus in Louisville, the agency said.

The city has been hit by days of protests demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was killed by police in her home in Louisville in March. The demonstrations also erupted over the death of a black man in Minneapolis — George Floyd — in an encounter with police.