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All IN for Health has put together a list of COVID-19 testing resources for your use. Whether you need to know where to get tested, or how to best support your children during this time, we have the resources for you.
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) continues to expand its ability across the state to test Hoosiers for COVID-19. The locations of drive-thru clinics change frequently, so please check the map above to see if there’s a drive-thru clinic near you. One test per vehicle. Drive-thru clinics are open to anyone older than age 12 who lives or works in Indiana.ISDH has also partnered with OptumServe to provide test sites across the state. Registration for testing at an ISDH/Optum site is required and can be completed at https://lhi.care/covidtesting or by phone at 888-634-1116. Hoosiers will not be charged for testing, and insurance is not required. If you have private health insurance, please bring that information with you.
Staffed 24/7 with IU Health physicians, advance practice providers and registered nurses, the clinic will screen patients from home, potentially eliminating the need to visit physician offices, urgent cares or emergency departments.
With all the talk about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing in the news, it’s not surprising that there’s confusion about tests and how they differ. Antibody testing determines whether you had COVID-19 in the past and now have antibodies against the virus. A test to diagnose COVID-19 determines if you currently have the disease. Here’s what you need to know about testing.
CDC has developed a laboratory test to help estimate how many people in the United States have been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Clinicians and researchers refer to this as a serology test, and many commercial laboratories call it an antibody test. CDC is using this serologic (antibody) test to evaluate the performance of commercial antibody tests. CDC will develop guidance for the use of antibody tests in clinical and public health settings.
This video prepares children for a COVID-19 nasal swab test and helps ease some of their potential fear and anxiety. When children are prepared to take a medical test, they become more cooperative and compliant, which creates a positive coping experience for them. This video is suitable for children as young as 4 years old.
The FDA has authorized at-home coronavirus tests sold by Pixel by LabCorp, Everlywell, Vault, Vitagene, and hims & hers under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Receiving an EUA does not mean that the product is officially FDA-approved. It’s an authorization that allows unapproved products to be used during the public health crisis. While Pixel by LabCorp and Everlywell obtained an EUA for its own at-home COVID-19 tests directly, Vault, Vitagene and hims & hers are all selling an FDA EUA-authorized test developed by RUCDR Infinite Biologics, in partnership with Spectrum Solutions and Accurate Diagnostic Labs.