Indiana Health Department To Close Optum Testing Sites
By: Mike Stiles -
Saturday, June 12, 2021
(photo courtesy of IN. Department of Health)
(INDIANAPOLIS) – The Indiana Department of Health has announced they will be closing COVID-19 testing sites run by OptumServe Health Services.
The decision was made because of a robust community led testing network that is now in place, which includes pharmacies, providers, clinics and local health departments.
The partnership, which is concluding after 14 months, was announced by Governor Erick Holcomb in April 2020 to bring large scale testing to Hoosiers and remove barriers to testing by providing free and nearby access at a time when community resources were limited. Since May 6, 2020, more than 541,000 free COVID-19 tests have been provided as an OptumServe site.
State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box says they are grateful to OptumServe for their work to ensure that Hoosiers had COVID testing available to them while the Department of Health worked to build more local capacity.
At its peak, OptumServe provided testing in 53 Indiana counties.
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