Today the Indiana State Department of Health will open up 20 sites to test Hoosiers with COVID-19 symptoms, and the state is urging folks to sign up ahead of time, including at Scottsburg.
Gov. Eric Holcomb and his staff announced that testing sites will open at 20 armories around the state with 30 more sites to be added within the next 14 days, with the hopes of testing up to 6,600 Indiana residents a day.
The test will be a nasopharyngeal swab.
Testing sites listed on the Logistics Health website include Columbus Regional Hospital, the designated ISDH/OptumServe test site (no location listed), and PromptMed.
The site is assigned to the person seeking testing when the appointment is made.
Last week, the state announced a partnership with the health services innovation company OptumServe Health Services to expand COVID-19 testing in Indiana.
This new edition of testing will allow 100,000 people to be tested in the first 30 days.
Each site will be open for at least 8 hours a day, Monday-Friday.
Once all 50 sites are open, the state believes as many as 6,600 Hoosiers can be tested per day.
In northeast Indiana, the state is opening up a testing site in Angola and Huntington.
Who can get tested?
The State Health Department said they are testing any Hoosier who has COVID-19 symptoms like fever, shortness of breath, cough, etc.
Additionally, Optum will be testing close contacts to infected persons.
Hoosiers can get tested without having to visit a health care provider.
State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box is issuing a standing order for the test for any Hoosier who meets the criteria.
The State Department of Health will continue to target focused and high-risk populations.
How do I get tested?
Testing will be by appointment only.
Click here to self-report your symptoms using the online screening tool.
Then, if you qualify, you’ll need to register an appointment date and time.
Optum prefers Hoosiers to sign up using the online portal, but you can also call 888-643-1123.
The registration portal will be open 48 hours before the testing site opens, Dr. Weaver said.
The state said more information will be released in the coming days.
How soon will the results come back?
Folks can expect to get the results within 48 hours on average.
Optum will send a text or email to the patient if the test is negative.
If you do test positive, you can expect a phone call.
Hoosiers can also check Indiana COVID-19 testing sites here.