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Washington County gets a second chance at free Covid-19 testing.

After a public outcry led to the cancellation of a Covid-19 free testing site at Salem High School, second free testing has been planned for the Washington County Fairgrounds beginning next week.

There will be no cost for the test and children as young as two years old can be tested (with parental consent).

This testing facility is being sponsored by the Indiana Department of Health and will be set up in the 4H building located at the top of the hill.

The testing clinic will be held:

  • Tuesday, December 22nd from 9 AM-6PM
  • Wednesday, December 23rd from 9AM-6PM
  • Thursday, December 24th from 9AM-1PM
  • Friday, December 25th CLOSED
  • Saturday, December 26th from 9AM-6PM

Testing will be available to all members of the public regardless of symptoms.

Once tested, all individuals are to remain at homes in isolation until they receive their test results.

Hoosiers will not be charged for testing and insurance is not required. If you have private health insurance, please bring that information with you.

The previously scheduled testing site was to have been at Salem High School from Dec. 8 thru the 12th. 

Just a few days after being selected by the Indiana Department of Health and the Washington County Health Department, Salem High School was canceled as a Covid-19 testing site due to public outcry. 

“Due to numerous complaints made to the State by community members, the ISDH strike team has canceled the testing for next week at the Salem High School,” according to a statement released to the school today through the local health department. 

Washington County has been listed for several weeks as an “Orange” county which is the second-highest level of spread of the Coronavirus. It turned “Red” two weeks ago and has since went back to “Orange.”

Schools in the community are currently operating in a virtual format with students at home until after the first of January. 

Washington County has had 348 total cases since December 1 and three deaths.