Thursday, 2 April 2020

Indianapolis and Carmel announce testing locations for public service employees

The Marion County Public Health Department, the Managed Emergency Surge for Healthcare Coalition and the City of Indianapolis announced COVID-19 testing for some employees.
It's an effort to support the essential workers that provide critical services to Indianapolis through the COVID-19 pandemic.
"This drive-through testing site is intended to relieve an expected surge on health care facilities within Marion County," said  Indianapolis News Virginia A. Caine, M.D., director and chief medical officer of the Marion County Public Health Department. "We can focus on testing this essential personnel who are still at work in the community."

Drive-thru testing will take place in the Champions Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
​​Additional testing dates include:
  • Saturday, April 4: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Monday, April 6 – Friday, April 10: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 11: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
"We are providing a fast, safe, and efficient testing opportunity for essential workers who are symptomatic or have been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case," said Jennifer Pitcher, Executive Director of MESH Coalition. "These individuals are driven to continue to support our community. They are on the front lines and we want to Press Release Distribution Services In Indianapolis take steps to sustain them and their families in any way we can."
Testing is not open to the public, but is available to the following groups of employees in Marion County who have completed a screening and registration process prior to arrival:
  • Family members of first responders
  • Corrections officers and jail staff
  • Air traffic controllers
  • Lab personnel
  • City staff from the departments of parks and public works
  • Public safety personnel
  • Military
  • Environmental services
  • Veterinarians and staff
  • Package delivery services
  • IndyGo bus drivers
  • Utility workers
"These essential employees are on the front lines every day, keeping our city running through the COVID-19 pandemic. It is for this reason that city and county partners have worked together to stand up this testing resource and serve the women and men who continue to serve us," said Paul Babcock, director of the City's Office of Public Health and Safety. "We are dedicated to supporting efforts like these and working to help expand critical COVID-19 testing to the Indianapolis community."
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