The Clinton County Health Department announced Monday a couple changes to COVID testing at the Edward Jones Community Building on the Clinton County and 4-H Fairgrounds at 1701 S. Jackson St. in Frankfort.
Individuals interested in being tested for COVID may now utilize the health department’s drive-up testing site outside of the Edward Jones Building. Testing will no longer be done inside the building. Pre-registration is preferred, but you may register upon arrival at the drive-up testing site. Appointments are available between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Optum, which has offered COVID testing at the site since May, is no longer operating there. According to the CCHD, those who currently have an appointment for testing at the site through Optum may re-register with Indiana State Health Department at scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov.
“We made the decision that we only need one testing site now and not two,” said Rodney Wann, administrator at the CCHD. “We also needed more room for the vaccination clinic (also located at the Edward Jones Community Building) to expand.
“This drive-up testing will keep it out of the building so that those coming into the building (for vaccinations) are more comfortable coming in,” he added. “Optum had been there since May. They served us well, but we have to cut back at some point and start moving forward. We are still No. 2 in the state for testing capacity per 100,000 people, so we have done robust testing, and now it is time to get more shots into people.”
The changes come as testing in on the decline and vaccinations are on the rise.
“We are only seeing 20 to 30 people being tested a day and not the hundreds that we were,” Wann said. “Hopefully, it will stay that way, and we will not see any resurgence that will require more testing than that.
“The hours are a little shorter but quite a bit of people can still get it. It is drive-up now,” he added. “They can drive up to the facility. There will be a number available. They let us know they are there, and our staff will communicate with them, get them swabbed, and off they go.”
The change to drive-up testing will allow the vaccination clinic to increase capacity.
“We are currently at 1,400 vaccinations a week now,” Wann said. “We went from 800 to 1,400, so we are on what we like to call Phase Two. We are calling April our ‘Big Push’ month, and it is also Volunteer Appreciation Month, so we are making a big push for more volunteers and a big push to get more vaccinations done.”
Those interested in volunteering at the health department’s COVID vaccination clinic may register to do so at serve.in.gov.
Hoosiers age 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. To schedule a vaccine, visit https://ourshot.in.gov or call 211 if you do not have access to a computer or require assistance.