INDIANAPOLIS (WTWO/WAWV) — The Indiana Department of Health announced Tuesday it is making several changes to COVID-19 testing operations due to a high demand and a national shortage of rapid test kits.
Effective today, rapid tests at state and local health department testing sites will only be available to individuals aged 18 and younger and symptomatic individuals aged 50 and older. This change, according to a news release, is “necessary due to the national shortage of rapid antigen tests and is designed to help ensure that students can stay in school”.
Indiana typically uses about 50,000 rapid tests per week, according to the IDOH, but is only guaranteed to receive 11,000 a week at this time. Appointments for rapid tests previously scheduled for today will be honored while testing supplies last, but no appointments for rapid tests will be honored at state or local health department sites going forward except for individuals who fall within the above categories.
PCR tests will continue to be offered at all testing sites, with results expected in two to three days. Click on the testing map at www.coronavirus.in.gov to find a testing location or visit ourshot.in.gov to find a vaccination site.