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During last week’s webinar with Dr. Dan Rusyniak (click here and choose the May 7 recording), ISDH has opened COVID-19 testing sites around the state (also called Optum testing sites). By the end of next week there will be 50 testing sites around the state. To find these locations please visit the Indiana COVID-19 Testing Site webpage. Healthcare workers are prioritized for these testing sites and those staff in long-term care facilities with symptoms would be able to access testing through any of these sites. If facilities have employees who need testing and cannot get it rapidly done by their primary care doctor please register for testing at the ISDH/Optum testing sites at: https://lhi.care/covidtesting
Dr. Rusyniak also discussed a change in strategy regarding long term care facility (nursing facilities and assisted living) testing that incorporates these sites, other private lab capacity the long term care has itself facilitated, and the existing ISDH Strike Teams and COVID-19 Plus Teams.
Changes in the ISDH testing strategy for long term care as testing becomes more available are as follows:
It is important to note that the above strategy is a forward thinking approach and that in the interim facilities should continue to use ISDH Strike Teams and COVID-19 Plus Teams for initial testing, infection control assistance, and cohort testing.