Indiana increases access to drive-thru testing sites

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indiana State Department of Health is working to protect those at risk against COVID-19.

During the daily briefing Tuesday, Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box announced that they are making changes to the drive-thru testing facilities.

The ISDH previously announced that it is partnering with local health officials in four communities to host free drive-thru testing clinics for healthcare workers, first responders and essential workers who have symptoms of COVID-19.

The clinics will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 13-17 at the following locations:

  • CK Newsome Community Center, 100 E. Walnut St., Evansville
  • Ivy Tech, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne
  • St. Timothy Community Church, 1600 W. 25th Ave., Gary
  • Ivy Tech, 8204 Hwy 311, Sellersburg

On Tuesday, the department revealed that it is opening up testing to household members of healthcare workers, first responders and essential workers.

The ISDH also announced that it is authorizing long-term care facilities to transfer, discharge, transport or relocate residents in order to reduce the risks of COVID-19 to this vulnerable population.

The department made the change to help facilities group residents who have tested negative to protect them from infection and better serve residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.

While the department continues to focus on long-term care facilities and other places with communial living, incuding correctional facilities, there have still been fatalities in these vulnerable populations.

On Tuesday, the Indiana Department of Corrections reported its first COVID-19 related death. The death happened at the Westville Correctional Facility on Monday.

The offender was a man over the age of 70. While he did not initially have any indications of illness, the department said he reported experiencing chest pains and trouble breathing on Monday.

The offender was transported to the hospital where he later died. While at the hospital, the department said the man tested positive for COVID-19.

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