INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Friday afternoon, Indiana officials announced some big updates to the state’s COVID-19 response.
This includes changes involving testing and reporting of the virus.
According to the state health commissioner, anyone who works or lives in Indiana can be tested for COVID-19 beginning Monday, June 15th.
This is regardless if a person is showing symptoms or at high-risk.
Health officials also say the state now has the capability to test children under the age of 12.
The testing is free and will be performed at OptumServe sites across the state.
Friday, health officials discussed what has made Indiana able to make this significant change.
“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,” said Dr. Kristina Box, Indiana State Health Commissioner.
OptumServe sites in the Wabash Valley include:
- 3614 Maple Ave, Terre Haute, IN
- 206 Charlotte Ave, Switz City, IN
- 191 US-231, Greencastle, IN
State officials also say beginning later on Friday, that the state’s COVID-19 dashboard will now include a breakdown of zip codes.
“You’d be surprised how many individuals are specifically interested in their particular zip codes, what the incidents of positive cases or infection is in that area,” Box said.
Box also says that zip code data has been used to make decisions regarding the pandemic.
“I personally look at that as I look at some of our dispaired populations or populations that I know are hit harder with this, and can focus on particular zip codes to see what those numbers are and it may help direct some of the testing that I do,” Box said.