Lauer: Free COVID-19 testing offered to all Hoosiers

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Wednesday, June 24, 2020 1:52 pm

STATEHOUSE (June 24, 2020) – Coronavirus testing is now offered to all Hoosiers at OptumServe sites throughout the state, regardless of whether they are at high risk or symptomatic, according to State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus).

He said Hoosiers can visit coronavirus.in.gov and click on "COVID-19 Testing Information" to find a nearby state-sponsored testing site offering free services to anyone who lives or works in Indiana, including children. For Bartholomew County, an OptumServe site is located at 2160 Arnold St., in Columbus.

"Testing for the virus is key to safely getting our state back on track," Lauer said. "Hoosiers need to know if they are infected so they can take precautions and avoid infecting others. Anyone who is questioning if they have this virus now has the opportunity to visit a local testing site."

All tests at OptumServe sites are performed by licensed clinical staff, and include an FDA-authored nasal swab for the active COVID-19 virus. Registration for testing is required, and can be completed by phone at 888-634-1116 or online at lhi.care/covidtesting

Hoosiers will not be charged for testing, and insurance is not required. Those with private health insurance are asked to bring their information with them.

Other locations offer COVID-19 tests to Hoosiers, but requirements and costs may vary at these sites. These include Columbus Regional Hospital's testing site at 2400 E. 17th St., and a PromtMed site at 2502 25th St., both in Columbus.

Lauer said coronavirus.in.gov provides continuous updates on what Indiana is doing to address COVID-19.

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State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) represents House District 59,

which includes portions of Bartholomew County.

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