Large-scale COVID-19 testing to be available across Indiana next week

<p>Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced large-scale COVID-19 testing will begin this week. Fifty testing sites will open in the next two weeks, according to a press release from the governor’s office. <strong>(AP Photo/Tom Davies)&nbsp;</strong></p>

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced large-scale COVID-19 testing will begin this week. Fifty testing sites will open in the next two weeks, according to a press release from the governor’s office. (AP Photo/Tom Davies) 

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced his plans Tuesday to begin large-scale COVID-19 testing across Indiana. OptumServe Federal Health Services will be opening testing sites across the state in the next seven days. 

According to a press release from the governor’s office, approximately 100,000 Hoosiers will be tested in the first 30 days.

“These free tests will be available in locations across the state, ensuring even more Hoosiers who have symptoms or an affected family member can get tested for coronavirus,” Holcomb said in the release.

Twenty testing sites will open in Indiana National Guard armories in the next week, and 30 more sites will open in the next two weeks, the press release states. Sites will be open Monday through Fridays for at least eight hours each day. 

Testing will be provided to people who show symptoms or who have been in close contact near positive cases. Residents of close-quarter living settings will also be accepted for testing, according to the release. Results will be shared about 48 hours after testing via phone call, if positive, or via email or text, if negative.

No previous healthcare provider visit is required before getting tested, but testing will be done by appointments only. Each site will open its registration 48 hours before opening, and registration can be completed through Optum’s online portal after it is launched. 

There is no charge for testing and insurance is not required, but healthcare providers ask people to bring information on any private insurance testees may have, the press release states.

OptumServe will be providing its own supplies and staffing for testing facilities, according to the release. The organization estimates 4,400 more people will be tested every day, and that number may grow to near 6,600 people tested after all 50 sites open.

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