TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Wednesday, Indiana officials announced a new testing initiative and provided an update on a COVID-19 dashboard for schools.
Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box says as the school year moves forward, there has been a push for the state to create a COVID-19 dashboard for schools.
“We’ve been asked to provide this information. We’ve heard it from parents, we’ve heard it from schools and we’ve heard it from other stakeholders all asking for the information to be public,” Box said.
Box says beginning this week officials are testing a reporting portal for this dashboard.
When operational, box says the goal is to show cases in individual schools.
She also adds that aggregate data on age ranges and other demographic information will be collected on a statewide basis.
“The purpose is not to mandate whether schools are hosting in-person classes or going virtual. Rather, the purpose is to help all of us make the best decisions possible as we navigate this pandemic,” Box said.
Also on Wednesday, state officials announced that 76 counties will participate in an expanded testing effort.
“These testing efforts are being led by local health departments as a result of grants that we were able to provide through federal CARES Act funding,” Box said.
Through an investment of $30 million dollars, 95 additional testing sites will open across Indiana by October 1st.
She says these sites are expected to do between 100-200 tests per day, depending on population and demand.
“I’m impressed by the willingness to take on this challenge and to help ensure that every Hoosier has access to testing,” Box said.
According to a map released by the state, a total of 16 new testing sites are expected to be available throughout or near Wabash Valley counties.
Box says testing will be provided regardless if a person has insurance or an ability to pay.