Indiana Department of Health announces changes to COVID testing
The Indiana Department of Health is making several changes statewide to COVID-19 testing operations because of the high demand and national shortage of rapid tests.
Beginning Tuesday, rapid tests at state and local health department testing sites will only be available to those ages 18 and under and those ages 50 and older who are symptomatic.
This change is to ensure students can stay in school and so Hoosiers who are most likely to need a monoclonal antibody can get it within the prescribed window.
The state uses about 50,000 rapid tests a week but is only guaranteed to receive 11,000 a week right now.
Rapid test appointments previously scheduled for Tuesday will be honored while supplies last. No appointments for rapid tests can be honored at state or local health department sites moving forward except for those in the previously mentioned categories. PCR tests will be offered at all testing sites.