City, state offer free COVID testing

By Joseph Slacian

The Indiana Department of Health and the City of Wabash will continue to have a free drive-thru clinic for COVID-19 testing.

The clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Wabash Police Department garage, 1360 Manchester Ave., Wabash.

Testing will be available to all members of the public regardless of symptoms. Children as young as 2 years of age can be tested with parental consent.

“People won’t get out of their cars,” Mayor Scott Long told the Wabash City Council at its Oct. 26 meeting. “They will drive through. They will do a quick interview, and then another member of their team will come up and do the test.

“Fortunately, we were able to find a decent location, not in a congested area. It’s only congested first thing in the morning when the street department is leaving.”

Masks will be required for the testing.

“If you don’t have one on, they will give you one,” the mayor said. “You will pull it down to just below your nose so they can do their thing with their swab, then you pull it back up.”

Long said the city is glad to be able to help provide the testing, which is open to anyone, not just Wabash County residents.

"The City of Wabash is happy to work with Wabash County Emergency Management, the Wabash County Health Department, and the Indiana State Health Department to bring this testing to Wabash," he said.

Long said state officials have noticed the spike in positive cases that Wabash County has had since Oct. 1.

As of Nov. 1, Wabash County has had 563 positive cases and 11 deaths due to COVID-19.

“There is absolutely no cost,” Long said. “Insurance is not required. If you have private health insurance, please bring that information with you, but you’re not going to be charged.”

Posted on 2020 Nov 03