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Carmel city employees, first responders to get weekly coronavirus tests

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Posted at 7:19 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 19:19:29-04

CARMEL — First responders and city employees with the city of Carmel will be able to get tested for the coronavirus weekly, through drive-up access at Aria Diagnostics.

More and more tests are becoming available as the formula for testing is being duplicated across the country. Carmel Mayor James Brainard consulted with area hospitals and medical professionals before proceeding with the City of Carmel frontline employee testing, a release from the city states.

“This local lab has the capacity to administer testing to our City of Carmel employees within a few days for those who are in essential jobs requiring interaction with the public or who work with crews or teams. If we can identify people who have the COVID-19 virus, then we can better prevent the spread,” Brainard said. “This is what the US would have been able to do if tests had been available six weeks ago.”

Brainard also said despite the available testing, everybody should still practice social distancing and wash their hands.