After giving over 541K tests, Indiana’s COVID sites are being shut down.
On Thursday, the Indiana Department of Health announced that free COVID-19 testing will be discontinued at the end of the month. Instead, pharmacists, clinics, and municipal health agencies will be responsible for this.
Over 541,000 free COVID-19 tests were distributed by Indiana in collaboration with OptumServe.
“While our case counts have decreased dramatically, we must continue to take actions to minimize the spread of disease,” stated State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box. We are still dedicated to ensuring that any Hoosier who wants or needs to be tested can do so in a convenient location.”
While OptumServe locations are closing, over 250 locations will continue to offer free COVID-19 testing.
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According to health department officials, an increase in locally sourced COVID-19 testing has lessened the necessity for the Optum sites. Last November, local health agencies were also awarded state money to open roughly 100 testing facilities.
Gov. Eric Holcomb announced a 14-month agreement with OptumServe, a division of UnitedHealth Group, in April 2020 to offer large-scale coronavirus testing to Hoosiers.
OptumServe supplied testing in 53 counties at its peak. Currently, 30 counties have a functioning testing facility.