Governor Holcomb announces locations of new COVID-19 testing sites, including South Bend
“Launching this partnership with Optum further expands Indiana’s COVID-19 testing capacity,” said Gov. Holcomb. “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.”
Testing at these sites will be for any Indiana resident that is symptomatic, has close contact with a positive case, or anyone from congregate living settings (such as a nursing home).
Hoosiers can get tested for free, without the need for insurance, and without needing to visit a healthcare provider. Those with private health insurance should still bring this information with them.
In the next seven days, 20 testing sites will open in Indiana National Guard armories with an additional 30 sites opening within the next two weeks.
Each testing site will be open Monday through Friday, for at least eight hours a day.
Testing will be done by appointment only, and registration will open 48 hours before the sites open.
In order to sign up for testing, Hoosiers will use a website to be released by Optum and self-report symptoms using an online screening tool. A hotline phone number will be launched soon as well.
State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box will issue a standing order for the test for any Hoosier that meets the testing criteria.
Results can be expected within 48 hours on average, with positives provided via a phone call and negatives via text or email.
“We have been working diligently to increase access to testing throughout Indiana with drive-thru clinics and strike teams,” said Dr. Box. “By joining forces with Optum, we will ensure that testing for COVID-19 is available to Hoosiers who need it most.”
OptumServe will collect the specimens and manage the testing and reporting of data.
Supplies, PPE, testing kits, staffing and lab are all to be provided by OptumServe.