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State opens COVID-19 testing to all

State opens COVID-19 testing to all State opens COVID-19 testing to all

Any Indiana resident or worker can get tested for the novel coronavirus at state-backed testing sites, including at the testing location at the Harrison County Fairgrounds starting Monday. It was announced Friday afternoon (June 12) during Gov. Eric Holcomb’s update.

Previously, OptumServe testing sites were reserved for people showing symptoms of COVID-19 and at-risk populations. Dr. Kristina Box, commissioner of the Indiana State Health Department, said testing expanded because the state had increased its testing capacity, with 8,019 people tested in the past 24 hours. There have now been 335,180 tests completed in the state.
Box said while the tests might give some people some peace of mind by knowing if they had the virus or not, they should still be cautious when socializing with other people. She added that even if they test negative, they could still catch the virus.
People who do not liveĀ in Indiana but work in the state can also get tested by first calling 1-888-634-1116 to schedule an appointment.
The state is also beginning to provide weekly updates with a new map regarding the number of positive cases by ZIP code. Box said areas with less than 1,500 people in a ZIP code and postal codes with less than five cases will not be able to produce results. The map was expected to be posted Friday.
Finally, Indiana Bureua of Motor Vehicle branches will resume regular hours starting Monday. These hours should be the same as they were before the pandemic began. A BMV official said customers may be asked to wait outside and practice social distancing.