Indiana to expand COVID-19 testing to all at OptumServe sites

Indiana to expand COVID-19 testing to all at OptumServe sites

INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box announced that starting Monday, anyone can get tested for COVID-19 at any of the OptumServe sites.

Dr. Box says anyone can get tested regardless if they have symptoms or fall into a risk category.

“We recognize that this is a significant change from our focus on high-risk individuals and those who are symptomatic, but our testing capacity has improved significantly since the start of this pandemic, and we want Hoosiers to take advantage of that,” Dr. Box said.

Health officials say that before Friday, those who wanted to get tested had to follow these guidelines:

  • Anyone who is admitted to the hospital whose physician is concerned that their symptoms are consistent with COVID-19.
  • Symptomatic healthcare workers (inpatient, outpatient, nursing home, and other long-term service facilities) and first responders who provide direct care to at-risk patients.
  • Long-term care facility residents or staff, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic.
  • Persons experiencing homelessness.
  • Patients who expire with suspected COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Patients and staff at correctional facilities
  • Patients age 65 and older with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  • Patients with underlying health conditions with symptoms of COVID-19, including lung or heart disease, or who are immunocompromised, obese, or pregnant women.

To date, 335,180 tests have been distributed, and of that number, 11.7% tested positive, according to the ISDH.

This means that there are 39,146 total positive COVID-19 cases, 452 up since Thursday.

Indiana health officials reported that to-date there are 2,214 total COVID-19 deaths, 16 up since Thursday.

Here is a county-by-county breakdown of coronavirus cases, deaths and tests in the FOX19 NOW viewing area:

  • Dearborn County: 179 cases, 22 deaths, 1,637 tests
  • Fayette County: 81 cases, seven deaths, 1,022 tests
  • Franklin County: 119 cases, eight deaths, 642 tests
  • Ohio County: 13 cases, zero deaths, 182 tests
  • Ripley County: 109 cases, six deaths, 1,207 tests
  • Switzerland County: 22 cases, zero deaths, 318 tests
  • Union County: 12 cases, zero deaths, 287 tests

On Wednesday, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced that all 92 counties can advance to “Stage 4” of the Back on Track Indiana plan starting Friday, instead of Sunday.

This means:

  • Retailers and malls to return to full capacity
  • Dining room service can move to 75% capacity
  • Bars and nightclubs can open at 50% capacity
  • Movie theaters and bowling alleys can also open at 50% capacity
  • Cultural, entertainment and tourism sites may open at 50% capacity
  • Amusement parks, water parks, and similar facilities may open at 50% capacity
  • Community recreational non-contact sports practices, games and tournaments may resume
  • Contact sports may conduct conditioning and non-contact skills
  • Contact spots may resume games or tournaments beginning Friday, June 19
  • Raceways may reopen at 50% grandstand capacity
  • Pari-mutuel horse racing may begin with no spectators at Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand facilities
  • Charity gaming and casinos may reopen Monday, June 15 with approval of the Indiana Gaming Commission
  • Social gatherings of up to 250 people will be permitted following social distancing guidelines
  • Outdoor visitation must take place at assisted living facilities and nursing homes

If health indicators remain positive, the state will move to Stage 5 in early July.

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