INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - Fayette County is among 20 new coronavirus testing sites opening up next week, Indiana State Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lindsay Weaver announced on Tuesday.
“We have been working diligently to increase access to testing throughout Indiana with drive-thru clinics and strike teams,” said Dr. Kristina Box. “By joining forces with Optum, we will ensure that testing for COVID-19 is available to Hoosiers who need it most.”
The site will be located somewhere in Connersville and will be open Monday through Friday for at least eight hours each day, Weaver said.
To get tested, Weaver says you will need to go to the Optum portal (once it is available online) and self-report your symptoms through the online screening tool.
Then you can register for an appointment date and time, but the registration portal will not open until the testing test is 48-hours away from opening.
Any symptomatic Hoosier, a person who has come in close contact with a person with the coronavirus, or anyone living in a congregate setting.
Insurance is not a requirement, but Weaver said for those with private health insurance should bring their information when they get tested.
Once all of the new testing sites are up and going, Weaver says they expect around 30,000 Hoosiers to tested each week at the Optum facilities alone.
The Hoosier state eclipsed 16,000 total coronavirus cases with the ISDH reporting 650 new cases on Tuesday.
While the 650 new coronavirus cases are still far too many, it is less than the nearly 1,000 additional cases reported on Monday by ISDH.
Overall, ISDH reports a total of 16,588 coronavirus cases across the state.
Indiana did see an increase in the number of newly reported deaths from Monday to Tuesday.
On Tuesday, ISDH reported 91 additional deaths from the coronavirus, which is three more than the number they announced on Monday.
Indiana’s overall death toll from the coronavirus is now 901.
Here are the cases in southeastern Indiana:
- Fayette County: 26 cases, four deaths
- Franklin County: 95 cases, seven deaths
- Dearborn County: 90 cases, six deaths
- Ohio County: Four cases, zero deaths
- Ripley County: 91 cases, five deaths
- Switzerland County: 15 cases, zero deaths
- Union County: Six cases, zero deaths