INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) – The Indiana Department of Health announced it has added 30 departments to the COVID-19 test sites operated by OptumServe Health Services.
The partnership was announced by Governor Eric Holcomb in April 2020 to enable Hoosier’s extensive testing and remove testing barriers by providing free and close-by access at a time when community resources were limited. On May 25, 2020, the department announced that more than 541,000 free COVID-19 tests were being made available at an OptumServe location.
“We are grateful to OptumServe for their work to ensure Hoosier’s COVID tests were available while we worked to build more local capacity,” said Kris Box, MD, FACOG. “Without their work, many hoosiers who have been exposed to COVID or exhibiting symptoms may never have known their status. I have no doubt that the availability of this resource helped contain the spread of COVID in our state. “
At its peak, OptumServe offered tests in 53 counties, the department said. Currently, 30 counties have an OptumServe test page. During 2020 and early 2021, more community-based providers, clinics and pharmacies were able to offer COVID-19 tests, reducing the need for Optum locations. In addition, local health authorities received government grants in autumn 2020 to open almost 100 test sites.
Dr. Box said the demand for testing has declined across the state and that free testing will remain available in more than 250 locations after the Optum locations shut down. Find a COVID-19 testing site near you by clicking www.coronavirus.in.gov.
“Although our case numbers have dropped significantly, we must continue to take steps to reduce the spread of the disease,” said Box. “We are still committed to ensuring that every Hoosier who wants or needs to be tested can get these tests in a suitable location.”