TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Vigo County Health Department has announced a collaboration that will expand COVID testing for the county.
Starting Oct. 5th, free testing will be available for any Indiana resident who is more than two years old.
The testing will occur at Union and Regional Hospital for anyone with or without symptoms.
This new effort comes because of the closing of the Optum testing site near Regional Hospital on Oct. 2nd. This will still be one of the testing sites that will be open starting Oct. 5th.
The health department said that, even though testing will be available for more people, they are not expecting a rise in positive cases.
“Optum has been operating, kind of, with the same requirements and they are testing about 150 to 200 people a day,” Roni Elder, Health Educator/ Media Coordinator for the Vigo County Health Department, said. “So, I think what we’ll see is an extension of maybe more tests but maybe not more positives.”
Elder said that the most recent numbers shows a continuation of the decline in positive cases. Last week there were 89 positive cases of COVID-19 and 106 cases the week before that. The highest number of positive cases was 234 reported during the week of August 20th. All these cases include inmates and college students in Vigo County.