FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Hoosiers will have more options for accessing free COVID-19 testing when the Allen County Department of Health opens two new sites in early October.
The testing locations are both in Fort Wayne, with a central site opening Oct. 1 and a north site opening Oct. 5.
Allen County Department of Health COVID-19
Free COVID-19 testing will be available to Hoosiers, with proof of Indiana residency, and their children regardless of symptoms.
“Access to testing with timely results is a key piece in our strategy to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Matthew Sutter. “Opening these new sites is an important step forward in expanding Allen County’s testing capacity while reducing test turnaround times.”
The state-provided free testing site will still operate and is located on the city's south side at New Covenant Worship Center, 3420 E. Paulding Rd.
Here are the locations of the new testing sites:
• Central (Starting Oct. 1)
3003 Lake Ave.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
• North (Starting Oct. 5)
1230 Ruston Pass
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
Site hours for both locations:
• Monday and Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Tuesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Fridays and Sundays: Closed
Appointments can be made any time online here or by calling (260) 449-3303 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Due to the expected volume, ACDH is asking individuals to utilize the online registration first, if possible.
The Department says an invitation code is prompted on the website but it is not required.
Individuals should click the “I don’t have an Invitation Code” button to proceed with scheduling.
Face coverings worn completely over the nose and mouth are required for anyone 8-years-old or older at the testing sites and encouraged for anyone over the age of 2 to protect everyone on site.
Site staff will oversee a self-collected nasopharyngeal swab test for anyone 12-years-old and older.
If anyone in that age group cannot self-collect the swab test, the staff will administer it for them.
Children between 2 and 11 years old can also be tested with parental consent, and the nasal swab test will be administered by staff.
Lab results will be available in two to four days and will be sent to the patient by e-mail or text.
Results are also available by calling the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) at 877-826-0011 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Allen County Health Department will not directly provide results.
The sites are made possible through a grant from ISDH to ensure community testing is available anywhere there is a need.
A complete map of test sites across the state is available here.