Vanderburgh County Health Department Offers Fourth Free Neighborhood Testing Site

The Resource and Awareness Task Force will be hosting its fourth free neighborhood testing clinic on Tuesday.

Posted: Aug 24, 2020 4:58 PM
Updated: Aug 27, 2020 8:22 AM

On Tuesday, the Resource and Awareness Task Force will be hosting its fourth neighborhood covid testing clinic.

From 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, any Vanderburgh County citizen can drive up or walk up to the old Health South Rehab Hospital off of Covert Avenue to get a covid-19 test.

The process is simple and easy, and the only thing the Vanderburgh County Health Department asks is for you to bring a drivers license and a health insurance card if you have one.

“You don’t have to have an appointment," said Joe Gries, administrator for the Vanderburgh County Health Department. "You can drive in. As long as you get there on time, and we still have tests available, you can be tested. Like I said, it doesn’t cost anything. It’s a little bit easier. We get people through the line pretty quick.”

So far, the health department has conducted more than 300 covid-19 tests at the prior three neighborhood events, and they’ve reported 12 confirmed cases.

And that low percentage of confirmed cases reflects the improving state of Covid 19 in the river city

“We’re happy to see over the last couple of weeks those numbers have continued to drop," said Gries. "In July, we had some days 40, 50, maybe even above 50 cases per day. Now we’re seeing it probably more in the teens and 20s. That’s a good thing, but that doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods yet.

And even with covid 19 numbers dropping in Evansville, river city citizens are still happy to have the opportunity to get tested for free.

“I think it’s great that they’re offering it for free, because I know I had to pay for both of my tests, and if it’s necessary for people to have the testing, I would say that it’s kind of good that they’re offering it, especially for free, because not many people have insurance," said Irene Johnson.

So far, this is the last drive-up neighborhood testing site scheduled, but Gries told 44 news there could be another site scheduled soon, depending on funding and if another local covid-19 spike comes.

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