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State health officials to close COVID-19 testing sites June 30

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INDIANA (Fort Wayne's NBC) - Effective June 30, the Indiana Department of Health will close COVID-19 testing sites run by OptumServe Health Services.

According to the health officials, this move was made now that a robust community-led testing network is in place, including pharmacies, providers, clinics and local health departments.

After 14 months of testing, officials say more than 541,000 free COVID-19 tests have been provided at an OptumServe site.

“We are grateful to OptumServe for its work to ensure that Hoosiers had COVID testing available to them while we worked to build more local capacity. Without their work, many Hoosiers who were exposed to COVID or showing symptoms might never have known their status. I have no doubt that having this resource available helped reduce the spread of COVID in our state.”

Kris Box, M.D., FACOG., State Health Commissioner

At its peak, organizers say OptumServe provided testing in 53 counties. Currently, 30 counties have an OptumServe testing site.

Box said demand for testing has decreased across the state and noted that free testing will remain available at more than 250 sites after the Optum sites close.

You can find a COVID-19 testing site near you by visiting www.coronavirus.in.gov.

Emilia Miles

Emilia Miles joined Fort Wayne’s NBC in September 2019 as a Social Media and Digital Content Manager. Emilia also serves as a producer. She’s a Fort Wayne native and graduated from Indiana University.

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