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As cases surge, Marion County health department to require pre-registration for COVID-19 tests

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Posted at 5:55 PM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 17:55:47-05

INDIANAPOLIS — As cases of COVID-19 continue to surge, the Marion County Public Health Department on Monday said effective immediately anyone seeking a test at one of its three drive-thru testing sites needs to be pre-registered to receive a test.

"Over the past several days, we have seen a significant rise in the number of people visiting our COVID-19 testing sites," Dr. Virginia Caine, director and chief medical officer of the Marion County Public Health Department, said. "Registering in advance will result in shorter lines and a shorter wait time to get tested."

People are encouraged to register online. Residents who do not have internet access, or need help completing the online application, should call 317-221-5515.

REGISTER | COVID-19 testing at Marion County Public Health Department

"Our drive-thru testing, along with everyone wearing face coverings, washing hands and social distancing, is a critical part of slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Marion County," Caine said.

COVID-19 testing sites offered by the Marion County Public Health Department are:

  • MCPHD Main Building, 3838 N. Rural St. — Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • MCPHD South District Health Office, 7551 S. Shelby St. — Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 3685 Commercial Drive — Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.