Indiana health officials shut down state virus testing sites

Indiana health officials shut down state virus testing sites

State health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box added that demand for testing has decreased across the state and noted that free testing will remain available at more than 250 sites after the Optum locations close. “While our case counts have fallen significantly, we must continue to take steps to reduce the spread of disease,” Box said. “We remain committed to ensuring that any Hoosier who wants or needs to be tested can receive that testing in a location that’s convenient.”

The 14-month partnership with OptumServe, a division of insurance giant UnitedHealth Group, was announced by Gov. Eric Holcomb in April 2020 to bring large-scale coronavirus testing to Hoosiers.

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Currently, 30 counties still have an operating testing site. More than 541,000 free COVID-19 tests have been provided at the sites since then, the health department said. At its peak, OptumServe provided testing in 53 counties.

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