Vanderburgh Co. Council approves $50k transfer for additional COVID-19 testing

Vanderburgh Co. Council approves $50k transfer for additional COVID-19 testing

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Vanderburgh County Council has voted to use $50,000 to set up new testing sites throughout the county.

The vote came after a request from the Vanderburgh County Health Department, which said residents need more available testing.

It’s in an effort to help those with fewer resources.

“So if people don’t have cars or people that are not feeling well, or feel like they’ve had a contact it’s close to them, it’s convenient,” Lynn Herr with the Vanderburgh County Health Department said.

The testing will help those who would have otherwise not had time to get tested.

”We want to have those at kind of off-hours,” Herr said. “Maybe 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. So the folks that are working have the chance to be tested without taking off work.”

A map on the Vanderburgh County Health Department’s website shows an active map of where most cases are right now. That is how they will decide where mobile testing will be offered.

With the most cases in the 47714 area code, Evansville’s southeast side, that will be their first stop.

Meanwhile, the health department said the reason behind the recent increase in the cases is linked to out of state travel, and the lack of social distancing at recently opened restaurants and bars.

“I just think people felt like things were doing better,” Herr said. “I think everybody did, and everyone was very tired of being home, and ‘Hey, we’re going to go out.' But until we have a vaccine or a treatment for corona, the masks and social distancing are the only things that we really have.”

The sites will be drive-up and testing is free. For those who do not have transportation, the health department says they have a contingency plan for those people to ensure everyone who needs testing, gets testing.

These local COVID-19 testing sites could be established as early as next week.

The new testing locations will join in addition to the new OptumServe testing site at the C.K. Newsome Community Center, which opened in downtown Evansville on Monday.

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