IU Health testing to healthcare workers, first responders, critically ill patients for COVID-19

Posted at 7:41 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 19:41:26-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Any healthcare worker or first responder in Indiana who may have been exposed to COVID-19 can now get tested at Indiana University Health.

Healthcare workers who don't work for IU Health can also get tested, according to a press release from IU Health.

The test is conducted at a non-IU Health facility and sent to IU Health's Pathology Lab for testing, an IU Health spokesperson said. A physicians order is required for the tests.

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“Our mission calls us to improve the health of every Hoosier, not just those who come to an IU Health facility for care,” said IU Health's President and CEO Dennis Murphy, in the release. "We will get through this crisis by working together, and I’m proud of our laboratory teams who are making testing available for those who need it most.”

IU Health expanded its testing services on Friday because of the lack of testing capabilities and long wait times for results at healthcare facilities in the state, especially rural areas of the state, according to the release.

Results through IU Health are given in about 22 hours, a spokesperson said.

IU Health is also working with other non-IU Health healthcare facilities in the state to test critically ill patients.

The pathology lab at IU Health has conducted more than 5,000 COVID-19 tests as of Friday, according to the release.

For more information on the expanded testing services, you can contact the pathology lab here.