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COVID-19 Testing In Central Indiana

COVID-19 Testing In Central IndianaThe number of COVID-19 tests available in Indiana is steadily increasing, according to state health officials, but testing services remain limited to select groups of people. COVID-19 testing, Eli Lilly and Co., Marion County Public Health Department, COVID-19, coronavirus2020-04-03T00:00:00-04:00
COVID-19 Testing In Central Indiana

Employees of Eli Lilly check in members of the healthcare community as they begin drive-thru testing for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the company headquarters in Indianapolis, Monday, March 23, 2020.

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Last updated: April 2 at 5 p.m.

The number of COVID-19 tests available in Indiana is steadily increasing, according to state health officials, but testing services remain limited to select groups of people -- like health care workers, first reponders, and those at high risk for complications, to name a few.

Here's more on testing sites in central Indiana, and who can be tested.


Indiana University Health is expanding testing for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, to any health care worker or first responder in Indiana who may have been exposed to the virus. This includes health care workers serving at non-IU Health facilities. As of April 3, the IU Health Pathology Laboratory has conducted over 5,000 COVID-19 tests with the goal of increasing capacity each week.

Eli Lilly

Eli Lilly is expanding its drive-thru COVID-19 testing in downtown Indianapolis for essential workers and those at higher risk. Testing will also continue for eligible health care workers and first responders.

Anyone in those groups who wants to be tested must have a doctor’s order and make an appointment. Those with a written order for a test can register by calling 877-393-8485 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The clinic is located on Lilly's campus in downtown Indianapolis.

The drive-thru testing is not available to the general public.


Marion County Department of Public Health - Indiana State Fairgrounds

The Marion County Department of Public Health's drive-thru testing at the Indiana State Farigrounds isn't open to the general public, but is available to a range of groups in Marion County. Those include:

  • Family members of first responders
  • Corrections officers and jail staff
  • Air traffic controllers
  • Lab personnel
  • City staff from the departments of parks and public works
  • Public safety personnel
  • Military
  • Environmental services
  • Veterinarians and staff
  • Package delivery services
  • IndyGo bus drivers
  • Utility workers

People identified in those groups will receive information about a screening and registration process that will need to be completed before arrival. The drive-thru testing will be in the Champions Pavilion at the Fairgrounds on:

  • Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3 from 10 a.m to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Monday, April 6 – Friday, April 10 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Indiana University Health Infectious Diseases laboratory will test the samples collected by the Marion County Public Health Department at the drive-through site. 


Aria Diagnostics

All first responders and city employees in Carmel that work with the public are being tested weekly. Shifts of city workers are getting the test through a drive up access at Aria Diagnostics.

“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," said Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard. "If we can identify people who have the COVID-19 virus, then we can better prevent the spread. This is what the U.S. would have been able to do if tests had been available six weeks ago.” 

Health officials enourage anyone with symptoms to call the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125 (or 317-233-1325 after hours) or e-mail COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

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